Prokofiev

Peter & the Wolf

Introduction

Breakthru Films Peter and the Wolf airs Wednesday December 8th at 8pm (check local listings). Sergei Prokofiev’s fanciful musical tale “Peter and the Wolf” is given new life in this innovative new animated interpretation, which won the 2008 Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. “Oldies will remember the work from school music lessons,” wrote London’s […]

Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev

Scene from the Program

For a man conducting a performance nearly every day of the year, Valery Gergiev remains the calm center of the frenzied world of musicians, singers, administrators, politicians, and managers swirling around him. Learn more about the Maestro in this scene from the program.

Peter & the Wolf

Peter with His Friends

Peter and the duck enjoy a frozen pond while the hapless cat stalks the raven in this scene from the film.

Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev

Production Credits

Web Credits Producer: Daniel Ross, Colin Fitzpatrick Graphic Art: Gabriel Torres Technical Director: Brian Lee Production Assistant: Diana Cofresí-Terrero HTML Implementation: Brian Santalone GREAT PERFORMANCES Web pages copyright © 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York’s Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Anthony Chapman, Director of Interactive […]

Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev

Introduction

Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev — world-famous conductor and tireless promoter of his nation’s rich musical heritage — sits for his GREAT PERFORMANCES portrait, Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Constantly in motion with a schedule that would daunt most celebrity conductors, he is definitively captured by Oscar-winner Allan Miller […]

Peter & the Wolf

Overview

Sergei Prokofiev wrote Peter and the Wolf in 1936 to introduce children to classical music. In this lesson, melodies from Peter and the Wolf are used to introduce students to pitch, rhythm and meter. Students also explore melodic shape using movement and drawing to represent melodies. Grade Levels: 4-6 (ages 9-11) Time Allotment: One to […]

Peter & the Wolf

Production Credits

Web Credits Producer: Anu Krishnan Graphic Art: Gabriel Torres Technical Director: Brian Lee Production Assistant: Diana Cofresí-Terrero Copy Editor: Leslie Kriesel HTML Implementation Assistance: Brian Santalone GREAT PERFORMANCES Web pages copyright © 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York’s Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Dan Goldman, […]

Interview: Suzie Templeton, Director

Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” has inspired an Oscar®-winning short film of extraordinary imagination written and directed by British animator Suzie Templeton. In a masterful use of stop-frame technique and lifelike models, the film offers a fresh take on the classic tale, set to Prokofiev’s colorful score from 1936. Templeton, 40, spoke to GREAT […]

Essay: Prokofiev’s “Peter & the Wolf”

If Sergei Prokofiev had composed nothing except “Peter and the Wolf,” he would have left a sizable mark. The work has helped introduce generations of children to the instruments of the orchestra and the concept of telling a story through music, fulfilling the goal Prokofiev set for himself in 1936. Although this particular narrative, also […]

Procedures for Teachers

INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITIES: 1. Ask your students to stand in a circle. Tell them that you are all going to become the engine of a racing car and that they are going to make the sound of the engine. 2. Ask your students to make the sound of an engine waiting at a traffic light. (Note: […]