“Peter and the wolf” on the organ

Purring cats, waddling ducks, fluttering birds, a nasty wolf and the brave little peter. Who doesn’t know the adventures of the little boy who doesn’t listen to his grandfather but understands the language of animals?. The musical march "peter and the wolf shows how different instruments can be used to tell an exciting story. That this can also be achieved with a single instrument was demonstrated on monday by the dean’s cantor on the organ of the christuskirche, while susanne popp lent her voice to this popular composition.

In the original, each protagonist – peter, his grandfather and a handful of animals – is assigned an instrument in the orchestra. Although the organ is the only instrument capable of imitating an entire orchestra. An orchestral work on the "queen of instruments" alone nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a rough challenge to perform. Thanks to the richness of sound of the romantic steinmeyer organ and skilful registration, deanery cantor marius popp nevertheless managed, seemingly effortlessly, to bring all those involved to life and at the same time portray their different characters. A real experience for its young and young-at-heart audience, which on monday attentively and with rough eyes followed the as exciting as instructive musical explanation.

"Peter and the wolf wears the typical costumes of a march. The story centers around little peter, who lives with his grandfather on the edge of a forest. He understands the language of the cat, the bird and the duck. The animals are his friends. The grandfather warns peter to always keep the garden door closed in case the wolf comes out of the woods. One day the wolf actually comes and satisfies his hunger by eating the duck. The brave peter does not let himself be intimidated and catches the wolf with cunning and the help of the bird. Together with the hunters, the father, the cat and the bird, peter brings the wolf to the zoo.

The people and animals of the march are musically represented by instruments and always have a theme of suffering. Peter and the wolf" was written by the russian composer sergej prokofjew in 1936, commissioned by the moscow children’s theater. He wrote the text himself. His aim was to introduce the listeners – i.E. The children – to the world of orchestral music and thus let them get to know the orchestral instruments, something that is also very close to the deanery cantor’s heart.

Before the performance, he gave his audience sitting with him in the gallery a child-friendly insight into the function and construction of an organ. The huge musical instrument, which due to its coarse as well as inexhaustible volume of sound is also called the "queen of instruments" is made up of many different metal and wooden pipes with a variety of different sound colors. The very interested children learned how air gets into the approximately 1800 organ pipes of the steinmeyer organ and how music can be made with it.

With so much expertise acquired, the little "organ mice" were finally able to start playing were amazed at what was hidden in the organ: a bird, a duck, a cat, a wolf, a grumbling grandfather, pushing hunters and finally the earworm melody of the happily whistling peter. Each animal was skillfully represented by a different instrument in the most expressive timbres – from the most delicate chords to the most racy runs. Susanne popp recited the texts in between with a voice rich in variation. Together they managed to entertain the young people and girls brilliantly and at the same time to inspire them with classical music. The applause at the end was correspondingly coarse, before the children – to their great enthusiasm – were able to try out the pianos themselves at the console.

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