Woodwinds Assessment – The story of Peter and the Wolf by Serge Prokofiev

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The story of Peter and the Wolf by Serge Prokofiev from QSO Learning

What instrument plays the melody in this excerpt from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf?

Play: 00:05 – 00:23
Total: 01:45

Clarinet, which represents the cat

What instrument plays together with the orchestra in this excerpt?

Total: 16:48


What instrument, supported by the orchestra, plays the melody in this example?

Play: 00:17 – 00:58
Total: 04:20

The four main orchestral woodwind instruments are:
Flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon

What instrument plays the melody in this excerpt from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf?

Stop: 00:14
Total: 01:54

Oboe, which represents the duck
The energy with which a player produces the air stream determines:
Identify the single reed instrument:
What does the reed do in some woodwind instruments?
Air is used to set a reed in motion that brings about vibration of the air column
How is pitch determined in woodwind instruments?
By the length of the air column, which the performer alters by opening or closing small holes along the side of the instrument, either with the fingers or with small pads activated by a key mechanism
What does volume depend on in woodwind instruments?
The energy with which the player produces the air stream
Variety of timbres among the members of the woodwind family
Each woodwind instrument has a distinctive tone color produced by a combination of factors, the most significant of which are shape, composition, and the different ways in which it may be played.
What is a critical factor in tone production in woodwinds?
The way the performer places the lips, teeth, and tongue on the instrument’s mouthpiece
The technical term for the use of the lips, facial muscles, tongue, and teeth in playing a wind instrument
The term flute refers to any instrument for which an air column confined within a hollow body is set in motion by a stream of air released from a player’s lips positioned against the sharp edge of a hole
The three sections of the flute
The head joint where the mouth-hole is located; the body, with most of the keys; and the foot joint, which has a few keys activated by the right-hand little finger
Blades of thin cane with the ends scraped down to a featheredge. Woodwind reed instruments may use a single reed or two reeds to produce sound
Main orchestral instrument that belongs to the double reed category.
English horn
A lower sounding oboe (a tenor oboe)
A single-reed instrument that uses the single reed to set in motion the column of air that produces the sound. The clarinet is longer than the oboe and has a flared bell at the end that is wider than the oboe’s
A member of the double reed category of the woodwind instruments. The bassoon is the principal tenor and bass instrument voice of the woodwind family and also its biggest member.

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