What About the Duck? (Sequel to Peter and the Wolf)

Peter and the Wolf / What About the Duck

"[What About the Duck?] is a clever and well-constructed piece with a fun and appealing story, and it’s a welcome sequel to Peter and the Wolf. It’s a really nice addition to the repertoire."
—David Yavornitzky, Utah Symphony 

The wolf is at the zoo. The duck is in the wolf. Peter is “sitting comfortably” at home with his grandfather—but not for long!

In this zany sequel by composer Andrew Maxfield and librettist Ruthie Prillaman, Peter must travel inside the wolf to rescue the duck and reunite her with her family. Inside the wolf, Peter encounters one surprise after another, and, most surprisingly of all, finds his long-lost grandmother in the belly of the beast. Through clever teamwork, Peter, Grandmother and the intrepid duck escape! Meanwhile, the wolf learns the value of family in a whimsical tale of redemption.



  • 15 minutes of family fun for orchestra and narrator.
  • Designed to be played immediately after Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, which makes a complete ED/CE / family concert / YPC.
  • Orchestration: 1(picc).1.1.1 - - timp.perc(2) - strings (same personnel as Peter).
  • Score/parts rental includes teaching kit, coloring page, and PDFs for educators.
  • Composer Andrew Maxfield, an animated teacher and public speaker, is available to hire as the narrator of both pieces, plus pre-concert lectures, school presentations, etc.

“A phenomenal addition to our family concerts. The music was beautiful, the story was fun, an absolute home run.”
—Ben Kipp, VP of Education, Utah Symphony

“Performing and collaborating with Andrew ... was a delightful and energizing experience for my orchestra and me! Andrew brings the music of Peter and the Wolf into the 21st century with colorful timbral effects in all sections of the orchestra, making it an ideal piece for a family or educational concert!
—Dr. Christopher Fashun, Hope College Orchestra