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The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor

2013-14 Season

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
~ 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. ~
Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall, McCray Hall

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Peter and the Wolf

Peter & The Wolf
March 25th, 2014
Program Notes

Peter and the Wolf: A children's story for Narrator and Orchestra, Op. 67

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)

The Story Begins
The Bird
The Duck
Dialogue with the Bird
Attack of the Cat
The Wolf
The Duck is Caught
The Wolf Stalks the Bird and the Cat
Peter Prepares to Catch the Wolf
The Bird Diverts the Wolf
Peter Catches the Wolf
The Hunters Arrive
The Procession to the Zoo

Last SEKSO Performance: November 20th, 2005
First Performed: Nezlobin Theater, Moscow. May 2, 1936
Text By: Prokofiev
Russian Title: Petya i volk

Throughout his life Serge Prokofiev felt attracted to fairy tales and children's stories. Before he was nine years old he had written a fairy-tale opera entitled "The Giant". At 23 he transformed Hans Christian Andersen's charming story "The Ugly Duckling" into a miniature cantata. Just after celebrating his 54th birthday he finished work on the beautiful ballet music for "Cinderella".

"Peter and the Wolf" is undoubtedly the best-known of all Prokofiev's music based on children's literature. Finished in 1936, it was intended to be a kind of teaching or demonstration piece, but not so much on account of the very simple story, in which (of course) Good defeats Evil, but because of the possibility, shown in the piece, of making a story become nearly "visible" with the help of certain instruments. In this way Prokofiev's genius as an orchestrator becomes obvious. For example we have the boy Peter represented by the strings, or the bird singing its trills and runs on the flute. Then there is the grandfather, whose deep grumbling voice is recognizable on the bassoon, the cat represented by the clarinet, and of course the wolf, given his musical shape by the French horns and the hunter's guns represented by the timpani and bass drum. The work continues to offer audiences of all ages a perfect opportunity to get to know the instruments of the orchestra and the various sounds possible on them.


Early one morning, Peter opened the gate and walked out into the big green meadow...

Scored for: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 3 horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, 2 percussionists (cymbals, triangle, castanets, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine), and strings [1111-3110-tmp+2-str]

Brian Biermann, narrator

A native ...

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Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)