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Composer of the Month

Sergei Prokofiev and Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf is one of Prokofiev's most famous works. Listen to this recording and notice how different instruments creates the characters in the story. Why did Prokofiev pick the bassoon for the Grandfather? What makes the oboe perfect for the duck?


Piano Concerto #3 (Martha Argerich performing) is probably his best-known concerto. He finished it in 1921 and performed it himself at the premiere performance. The piano is accompanied by an orchestra.


Question: What instrument has a solo at the beginning of the first movement?


Piano Sonata #2 With Sviatoslav Richter in 1964.


Romeo and Juliet: Prokofiev, like many other composers, wrote music for the story of Romeo and Juliet. He wrote ballet music based on the play and used dissonant sounds to portray the tragic events. The following is called Montagues and Capulets or Dance of the Knights. It may sound familiar because it has often been used on television and in movies. Listen to how Prokofiev creates a very dark and ominous sound with the instruments of the orchestra. Then the music changes in the middle and is very light and delicate followed by a return of the earlier theme.



Guide Notes (from page 7)

When you can quickly identify certain notes in the treble and bass clef, it will be easier to read and play music. Try this exercise. Name the notes and then play them on the piano. pdf


Notes of the Scale Quiz (answers)

1. The first note of the scale is called the ____________.
a. leading tone
b. tonic
c. dominant
d. subdominant

2. The leading tone gets its name because it leads into the _____ note of the scale.
a. fourth
b. fifth
c. seventh
d. last

3. The dominant is the _____ note of a scale.
a. first
b. fourth
c. fifth
d. last

4. The subdominant note comes right _______ the dominant note.
a. before
b. after

5. If the tonic note in a major scale is a C, the leading tone is a ______.
a. A
b. B
c. C
d. F#

6. In a G major scale, the dominant note is a ________
a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
e. none of the above


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