The story-set-to-music was written in 1936 by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. According to some sources, Prokofiev wrote it for his son. In his notes for RCA Victor's recording of Peter and the Wolf, David Hurwitz says that, "The project was actually the idea of a Russian schoolteacher who approached the composer with a peculiar combination of shyness and persistence."
Peter and the Wolf presents an opportunity for children to experience the story-telling power of music, while learning to recognize various instruments by their sound.
In the story, each character is represented by an instrument:
- The Bird - Flute
- The Duck - Oboe
- The Cat - Clarinet
- Grandfather - Bassoon
- The Wolf - French Horns
- Peter - The Strings
- The Hunters' Shot Guns - Kettle Drums
I am listening to the RCA Victor / BMG Music CD, copyright 1994, narrated by David Bowie, and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor.
As of this afternoon (February 25, 2008), the DVD of the Templeton/Welchman animated Peter and the Wolf is sold out on the UK amazon.com, and not yet available on the US amazon.com. The DVD is available through Breakthrough Films.
Please share other Peter and the Wolf DVD and audio recordings which you would recommend. There have been plenty!
And when you see the 2008 Oscar winner, let us know right here what you think.