(Mar 3 2019)
I did not hear this until I was around age 16…
The version I heard was with Leonard Bernstein conducting and narrating. He was famous for being a fine composer, conductor, and pianist – what I call a “triple threat”. In addition, he was a fine teacher and was famous for “Young People’s Concerts”.
As a composer he was most famous for “The West Side Story”.
By the time I first heard this I was listening to very advanced, sophisticated music, things I believe most adults would be unable to connect with. But this famous piece by Prokoview did not bore me, and it still does not, so I think it’s good for people of any age. It is especially good for introducing the sound and appearance of different instruments to people.
I always felt very sorry for the poor duck!