The classic story of young Peter who lives with his grandfather in a cottage in northern Russia comes to musical life! Composed by Prokofiev, this story comes to life with a narrator and orchestral accompaniment. Not just an exciting adventure, it is also a wonderful introduction to a few instruments from each part of the orchestra: flute (bird), oboe (duck), clarinet (cat), grandfather (bassoon), violin (Peter), wolf (French horn), hunters’ guns (kettle drums). Not too long and very well done!
I have the CD shown above. In addition to “Peter and the Wolf” it includes Camille Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” (which is orchestral music that depicts different animals), as well as “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” They are not nearly as exciting as Peter’s story, but you could consider it to be bonus material 🙂
Ages: 3 – 8
Length: approx. 20 minutes
Audio CD: music/story
Available from: try your local library, book store, or on-line