Peter and the Wolf
Characters and Instruments

By Espie Estrella , Guide

"Peter and the Wolf" was written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 and was meant for a children's theater in Moscow. The story and the music was written by Prokofiev; he used instruments from four instrument families ( Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion) to tell the story. In the story, each character is represented by a particular musical instrument. "Peter and the Wolf" has become Prokofiev's most notable work and serves as a great children's introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra.

See Prokofiev at the piano!
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Refer to the table below to see a list of characters from the story and the specific instrument that represents each character.

Characters and Instruments
Peter Strings (Violin, Viola, String bass, Cello)
Bird Flute
Cat Clarinet
Grandpa Bassoon
Duck Oboe
Wolf 3 French horns
Hunters Timpani