Music Trivia: Answer 12

Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” was designed to introduce individual instruments of the orchestra through a theatrical performance in which individual instruments represent different characters. Peter is represented by the string quartet, the bird is the flute, the duck is the oboe, the cat is the clarinet, the grandfather is the bassoon, the hunters and their gunshots on trumpet and kettle drums, and the wolf is represented by three french horns. The musical symphony debut was on May 2, 1936 in Moscow and premiered in the United States in March of 1938. It is one of the most frequently performed works in the entire classical repertoire.

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