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While often viewed as a cute fairy tale for children, the story it tells has far darker roots. Originating in the authoritarian stranglehold of Stalin's Russia, Prokofiev's masterpiece barely survived censorship before finding an unlikely champion in the form of fellow creative maverick Walt Disney. Prokofiev and Disney met in Hollywood that March. Perhaps the original Moscow performance, on 2 May , had failed because it lacked a charismatic voice to carry the story. It was actually written by a party hack, but the rumour had substance.
Image: Ted Van Pelt via Flickr. As I wrote last week , Prokofiev spent the final third of his career back in Russia, struggling to assimilate to Soviet culture. Satz was convinced Prokofiev would think nothing of their productions—which I think has more to do with the idea that Prokofiev was kind of a dick and less to do with thinking everything you make is bad—but it was truly the opposite. His eternal love for fairy tales drew him back to the theater again and again with his family. Eventually, Satz approached Prokofiev about a collaboration. Then he composed the music in nine days. Eventually—get this—a wolf comes.
No, unfortunately it isn't the leaked line-up for the next series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here , in which we'll cover our eyes as "Dave" Attenborough tucks into a par-boiled koala bear testicle. The unlikely answer is that they have all played the role of the narrator in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf , presumably with varying degrees of success. I haven't heard every one, but the Bowie recording from is particularly good value. In a voice somewhere between Harry H Corbett and a Radio 3 continuity announcer, Bowie led us through the garden gate towards a little pond to tell us a story about a duck, a bird and a boy called Peter. Bowie: "Are you sitting comfortably?
Peter is played by string instuments, the bird is played by a flute, the duck is played by As Peter is sent inside, a wolf appears, scaring the bird and the cat, and.
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The work has helped introduce generations of children to the instruments of the orchestra and the concept of telling a story through music, fulfilling the goal Prokofiev set for himself in But chances are, Prokofiev would have loved the way Templeton opens up the story, providing such a rich world of imagery and action that no words are spoken at all, while the music is treated with total respect. The director invited him to write something for the theater, and Prokofiev quickly accepted. The text was read during the pauses in the music, which was disproportionately longer than the text — for me, the story was important only as a means of inducing the children to listen to the music. Clearly inspired by the concept, Prokofiev finished composing in one week, taking just another week to do the orchestration.
The narrator tells a children's story , while the orchestra illustrates it. It is Prokofiev's most frequently performed work, and one of the most frequently performed works in the entire classical repertoire. It has been recorded many times. In , Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by Natalya Sats , the director of the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow, to write a musical symphony for children. Sats and Prokofiev had become acquainted after he visited her theatre with his sons several times.
Top definition. Peter and the Wolf unknown. A symphonic tale from by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The story is told by a narrator and an orchestra. Each character has a theme that instruments in the orchestra plays.