Peter and the wolf is a children’s story originally composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936.
Peter and the Wolf
Analysis by Madeleine Fitzgerald
Peter’s theme is in a 5 part instrumentation by the string section. The strings lend themselves to a better condition than any other when it comes to human emotion and timbre.
The key starts in C major showing a happy disposition for a boy and quickly transitions to Eb major. This supports how children can get distracted very easily, showing the nature of the child.
The style of the melody through the first bar shows the playful nature of the boy through the use of staccato articulation and it moves in a major anthem like feeling showing the humanness and main characters feeling. This is expressed through the melody shape with skips and short bouncy notes.
The entire duration of this section goes for 20 bars while multiple slightly different styles on the melody come through and it repeats this section with a different first violin part. The section goes at an andantino speed (fast walking pace) giving the feeling of an active boy.