26 August 2003
Wolf Set To Pounce
Bono's illustrations, audio clips and an introduction by Gavin Friday
highlight a dedicated website to launch the new version of Prokofiev's
Peter and the Wolf.
In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children's Theatre
in Moscow to write a new musical symphony for children. Prokofiev completed
Peter & The Wolf in four days but its debut attracted little notice and
no-one guessed that it would become a classic of the century.
Now comes a new take on Prokoviev's story, produced by Gavin Friday and
the Friday-Seezer Ensemble and illustrated by Bono. Adapting the theme to
use instruments like accordion, banjo and mandolin, Gavin and Maurice have
produced a clever and humorous interpretation of the original.
And, designed to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Association, the story
now comes as an enhanced CD with a 64-page cloth-bound book illustrated by
Bono, with help from his daughters Jordan and Eve.
'Peter and the Wolf is a lesson in how to teach.' explains Bono, talking of
the project. 'This is a new version of the Prokofiev classic by two of my
favourite people and musicians, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer. It is for
Hospice Care . . .these angels who were so ready to look after my father in
his losing fight with cancer asked me to illustrate the book that
accompanies the music. Ciaran O'Goara was art director and guide. I asked my
girls Jordan and Eve to help me with detail and a filigree of flowers. I
painted myself in a corner as PETER. My Da we made the grandfather, as he
was to Jordan and Eve, my two daughters who loved and were loved by him. THE
WOLF was ambition for things just out of reach.
Auction house Christie's will also be auctioning Bono's original
illustrations, and have produced a lavish catalogue. The illustrations will
be exhibited this Autumn in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles.
All the information you need is here
including how to
buy the boxed set or the Christie's catalogue, all of which raises funds for
the Irish Hospice Foundation