Today marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Russian-Soviet composer Sergei Prokofiev. To celebrate, we came up with ten slightly unusual ways in which his music has been used that we hope will put a smile on your face. But if you want to hear his pieces performed the traditional way, head to our video archive to find some fabulous concerts from all over the world.

1 Troy Roberts Quartet: Piano Concerto no. 2

Grammy-nominated Australian saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts and his namesake quartet took on this classic piano concerto and turned it into a smooth ride into jazz territory.

2 Jeu: Scherzo from the Piano Concerto no. 2

A section of the same piece served as background for Jeu, a surreal 2006 short animated film by Swiss animator George Schwizgebel. In this multi-award winning visual journey, the Scherzo perfectly complements this vibrant description of the frenetic pace of modern life.

3 Isao Tomita: Symphony no. 5, Allegro Marcato

Japanese composer Isao Tomita, considered one of the pioneers of electronic music and space music, wrote an entire album – The Bermuda Triangle – combining different sections of Prokofiev orchestral works with electronic effects. Our pick is a piece called The Children Playing in Agharta, the Deep Underground Kingdom, which not only features the Allegro Marcato from Symphony no. 5, but also includes a small section of Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams – all contributing to the otherworldly feel of the piece.

4 Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Scythian Suite, Second Movement

English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer decided to incorporate the second movement of the Scythian Suite in their piece The Enemy God Dances With the Black Spirits.

5 Sesame Street: Peter and the Wolf

There have been countless versions and interpretations of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, but we picked only two. The first one sees the cast of beloved American children show Sesame Street adapt the piece with the help of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

6 Weird Al Yankovich: Peter and the Wolf

The second one is narrated by American singer and actor "Weird Al" Yankovic, best known for his humorous parodies of popular chart-topping songs. In this 1988 album, made in collaboration with composer Wendy Carlos, he donned the hat of narrator to accompany us through the world of Peter and the Wolf.

7 Robbie Williams: Romeo and Juliet, Dance of the Knights

The Dance of the Knights, also known as Montagues and Capulets, is easily one of the most recognisable of Prokofiev's pieces, being used in film and television every time a scene needs some serious gravitas. Pop superstar Robbie Williams sampled it for his irreverent 2016 hit song Party like a Russian.

8 The Apprentice UK: Romeo and Juliet, Dance of the Knights

The same tune will be very familiar to British TV fans, as it has been used as the slightly ominous theme for the reality show The Apprentice since its inception in 2005, the perfect background to Lord Sugar's no-nonsense attitude towards the show's hopefuls.

9 Greg Lake: Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Troika

It might be a bit early in the year to already think of Christmas, but we could not leave out of this playlist this tune from English singer-songwriter Greg Lake – who was also part of the aforementioned rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In his classic song I believe in Father Christmas, he used the Troika from Lieutenant Kijé Suite, adding a little more Prokofiev to the most magical time of the year.

10 Sting: Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Romance

In his 1985 song Russians – which criticised the then-dominant Cold War US policy – acclaimed English musician Sting decided to use the Romance theme from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite to bring home his point.