"Every Hero Has A Story." My Blogging From A to Z theme bridges the summer library reading programs throughout the U.S. with storytelling opportunities, ideas, and activities.
Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by the USSR to write a composition for children in 1936. The purpose was to introduce children at an early age to music so they can learn to appreciate it in its many forms. Prokofiev knew that kids loved listening to folk tales so why not have a story narrated within the music itself. Thank goodness orchestras all over the world continue to entice children and their families to listen to this wonderful tale of a young hero and his animal friends - each portrayed by different instruments in the orchestra. The audience is given the unique chance to listen to the narration of this tale while the music enriches each piece of the plot. You decide what the moral is to the story - weather it is to take risks by relying on your wits or possibly to challenge established beliefs. Prokofiev's original storyline is found here.
I'm a flute player in the Helotes Community Band (Helotes, TX) but was given the opportunity to lay my flute down and narrate a shorter version of Peter and the Wolf this past Sunday arranged by Jim Curnow. While the original composition takes about 30 minutes to play, ours was about 13 minutes - easier for all age groups to enjoy. I thought it would be fun to share our concert piece here on my blog.
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