peter and the wolf

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Peter and the Wolf definition


A piece for orchestra by a twentieth-century Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Through music, it tells the story of a disobedient boy's encounter with a wolf.

Note: Because each character in the story is represented by a different musical instrument, Peter and the Wolf is often used to introduce children to the various instruments in an orchestra.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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