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Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture Tchaikovsky Help Opus Details
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Tchaikovsky was inspired to write this overture by Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. In this most famous of all plays, the scene is set in Verona, Italy. Juliet and Romeo meet and fall instantly in love at a masked ball of the Capulets. They profess their love when Romeo later visits her at her private balcony in her family's home. Because the two noble families are enemies, the couple is married secretly by Friar Laurence.

In 1869 Tchaikovsky completed this Romeo and Juliet overture. In it, he subtly adapted sonata form to mirror the dramatic structure of Shakespeare's play. Nikolay Rubinstein conducted a successful performance of this work the following year, and it became the first of Tchaikovsky's compositions eventually to enter the standard international classical repertoire.

The overture contains a Love theme which recurs several times in the work. It poignantly expresses the yearning for each other of the star-crossed lovers. It has become a world-famous melody.
Category: Overture Orchestra Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   D Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    First theme played by the strings

2    Dramatic, violent 2nd theme

3    Love theme - This is another of Tchaikovsky's immortal passionate melodies, introduced by the cor anglais..

4    The mood now becomes more peaceful.
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