Possibly the one thing that imprinted a love for classical music for the rest of my life was an album I owned as a kid and absolutely loved. That album was Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’. My album was in Dutch, of course, and narrated by Henk van Ulsen. I recently got my children the modern take on it (narrated by Paul de Leeuw), and they love it too, although they still find it a little scary so they will only listen to it sitting safely on my lap!
In 1936, Prokofiev was commissioned to write a new musical symphony for children, with the intent to introduce school-going children to classical music. He composed the tale about Peter and the Wolf in just four days! The concept is simple: Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme, and it is thus very easy for a child to distinguish the different instruments.
I just looked around on the internet, and I found out that there are some pretty famous narrators of the story in English: Sting, David Bowie, Dame Edna, even Clinton, Gorbachev and Sophia Loren did a recording! Although Richard Baker’s version seems to be the one that people recall most from when they were little.
I don’t think I will ever grow tired of the story of this storey… Did you own a Peter and the Wolf album as a kid? And do your children love it?
PS picture from here
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