Prokofiev attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1904 to 1914, winning the Anton Rubinstein prize for best student pianist when he graduated. He traveled widely, spending many years in London and Paris, and toured the United States five times. In 1936, Prokofiev returned to settle permanently in the Soviet Union. One of his first compositions after his return was Peter and the Wolf, written in just two weeks in April 1936 for a children's theater in Moscow. Prokofiev invented the story and wrote the narration himself, drawing on memories of his own childhood. He first wrote a version for piano and narrator and then orchestrated the well-known symphonic version. In the symphonic version, each character in the story is represented by a different instrument or group of instruments: Peter by the strings, the bird by the flute, the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, the wolf by the horn section, and so on. The version for piano and narrator is seldom performed, probably because the characters and themes are so closely connected with their orchestral instruments that audiences have a hard time imagining the piece without them. In honor of the 70th anniversary of its composition, Jack McCreless (narrator) and I performed the composer's orchestral reduction for elementary school students and also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where I am a visiting scientist.) As far as I can tell, there exist no recordings of the piano version, so I am attaching it with the expectation that other pianists might want to perform it. I posted this first to your site as a topic under Prokofiev without realizing that it should go to the audition room. Please pardon the double posting.