Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Peter and the Wolf

  • A Children's Tale for Narrator and Orchestra Performed in SlovenianI
  • Premiere 21. 6. 2017 I
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28 September 2019 18:00 SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana

Peter and the Wolf is a story about childhood, its freedom and courage. Eager for adventure, Peter leaves his house and goes out into the wide green plain. The music, composed by Prokofiev for this fairy tale (1936), boasts not only an artistic but also an important didactic value, since it allows children to get acquainted with various musical instruments as well as with a peculiar fusion of theatre and ballet arts. The characters are conjured up by different musical instruments: bird by flute, duck by oboe, cat by clarinet, granddad by bassoon, wolf by horns, hunters by wind instruments, hunters' shots by timpani, Peter by string instruments. Quite famous is also the cartoon, created after this musical tale by Walt Disney in 1946. The basic visual conception of the performance will rely on the oeuvre, created by the great Russian painter and composer's contemporary Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky. In the process of his creation the artist gradually removed descriptive and recognisable elements and substituted them with calligraphic lines, simultaneously applying powerful colours in order to affect the feelings similarly to classical music. He dwells in a world of abstract; the world of colours and the metaphysical.