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May 2
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In Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf different instruments play different characters. 
Can You Guess who plays the part of Peter?

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1660 - Alessandro Scarlatti was born.  Credited as founder of the "Neapolitan School" of music.

1798 - Premiere of Handel's oratorio The Creation.

1800 - Premiere of Beethoven's Symphony #1.

1904 - Singer Bing Crosby was born.

1936 - Premiere of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf(Click Here to See a GREAT Peter and the Wolf Page)

1938 - Ella Fitzgerald recorded A Tisket A Tasket (I lost my yellow basket).

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded Jailhouse Rock.

1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary appeared on American Bandstand singing Puff the Magic Dragon. (The link goes to their Peter, Paul and Mommy Album where they have some sound clips!)

1981 - David Amram's violin concerto first performed by Charles Castleman, accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin conducting.

1990 - Elliott Carter's violin concerto first performed by Ohle Bohn accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony.
Arnold Black was born May 2, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA.  He suffered from cerebral palsy for his entire life.  The disease restricted the use of his right side.  In spite of this Mr. Black studied the violin, entered Julliard School of Music and graduated with degrees in violin and composition.

A degree in violin would be enough for many people, but for Arnold Black it was just the beginning.
Arnold Black
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In Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf the part of Peter is played by the strings.  (of course)
In spite of his impediment Arnold Black played in numerous festivals and became Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.
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He had composed a children's opera based on Norton Juster's novel The Phantom Tollbooth.  He also wrote the musical themes for commercials for several companies including IBM, Perrier and Estee Lauder.  Many of these pieces featured well-known musicians and won Clio awards.  Other pieces included band and orchestral works, as well as string quartets.  Other innovative pieces were Three Poems by Richard Wilbur for cello, piano, and narrator; and a string quartet entitled My Country, 1998-1999 which was commissioned for and tourec by the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

Black was  active in the theater community as well, composing for The Circle in the Square Theater (where he was composer in residence during the 1950's) and the National Shakespeare Company.

Mr. Black died June 25, 2000.
Black founded the Mohawk Trail Concerts in Shelburne Falls, MA in 1970, and directed them for 30 years. They play the classics, as well as expose listeners to contemporary music.  The series is also credited with the introduction of upcoming artists and composers, notably William Bolcom and Joan Morris
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