Peter and the Wolf is a musical composition that is accompanied by a children’s story read by a narrator. The story follows a young boy called Peter who lives with his grandfather and manages to catch a wolf. Each character in the story has its own musical theme and instrument. It has been recorded numerous times, made into popular stage productions and was made into an animated film by Walt Disney. If you have ever wondered who composed this popular children’s story, keep reading to find out.
Who Composed Peter and the Wolf?
Peter and the Wolf was composed by Russian composer Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev in 1936. He was commissioned to write a new children’s musical symphony for the Central Children’s Theatre in Moscow. The reason for the composition was to help children become interested in music from a young age. Prokofiev accepted the invitation and wrote the music and text for Peter and the Wolf in just four days. The first public production occurred in May 1936, but it was less than successful. Fortunately for Prokofiev it didn’t take long for Peter and the Wolf to become a children’s favorite all over the world.
Did you know?
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev composed many other works including a ballet entitled Romeo and Juliet, which is based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name.