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Peter and the Wolf is a tone poem written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Performed with narration, it tells the story of a boy named Peter who is warned by his grandfather not to venture beyond his home for fear of being attacked by wolves. The fearless Peter defies his grandfather, by venturing out to catch one on his own with the help of some animal friends. Each character in the story is represented by a group of instruments in the orchestra, and assist in telling the story.


  • That same year (2001), the cast of Sesame Street participated in a performance of the piece with the Boston Pops for Evening at Pops.


  • An animated Sesame Street insert features the Big Bad Wolf, in sheep's clothing, humming the classic score (Peter's theme) as he enters and exits. (EKA: Episode 2405)


Many celebrities have recorded narration to accompany the music of Peter and the Wolf, including:

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