Title

Visualizing peter: The first animated adaptations of prokofiev's peter and the Wolf

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-1-2018

Abstract

Adapting the vivid programmatic music of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf (1936) into an animated film could have been a straightforward process, yet the earliest animated versions took significant artistic liberties with Prokofiev's symphonic tale, projecting vastly different interpretations of the story. Walt Disney produced the first animation in 1946 in an anthology of shorts released to theaters. In 1958, Soyuzmultfilm-a Soviet Studio-created a stop-motion puppet version. Both screen adaptions make cuts to Prokofiev's score, reorder musical segments, and rewrite parts of the narrative. A comparison of Prokofiev's concert version with these animations reveals a fascinating reception history over two decades from both Soviet and American perspectives. Although deceptively simple on the surface, these animated films are sophisticated artistic expressions conveying nuanced political and cultural values.

Publication Name

Music Theory Online

Volume Number

24

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.30535/mto.24.2.7

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