Berlioz: Roméo Et Juliette
Berlioz's 'dramatic symphony' Romo et Juliette is regarded by many as his finest work; it is certainly among the most original. It is played less often than his earlier symphonies, because it requires solo voices and chorus; yet at its heart is some of the most inspired orchestral music of the nineteenth century. This book summarises the complex genesis of the work before examining the music closely and always with a view to understanding its dramatic implications. The early and later critical reception is quoted and discussed and Julian Rushton concludes by suggesting a way of hearing the work which recognises the value of its mixed genre. The complete libretto is provided in both English and French.
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The genesis of Romeo et Juliette
Berlioz Shakespeare and Garrick
Introduction and Prologue Romeo seul
Scene damour La reine Mab
A view from 1839 by Stephen Heller
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Adagio Allegro Appendix aria Auguste Morel ball theme bass bassoons Beethoven Benvenuto Berlioz's symphony cadence cellos Chapter CHOEUR choral chord chromatic clarinets concert Convoi funebre cor anglais counterpoint critics dance Deschamps deux dominant dream effect F major Faust final flute followed Friar Lawrence fugato fugue subject Garrick genre harmonic Hector Berlioz Holoman horns instrumental Kemp Larghetto libretto love-scene lovers main theme mediant melody Memoires Mercutio minor modulation Montagues motive movement oboe opening opera orchestral original ostinato Paris passage pedal PERE LAURENCE performance phrase pitch play programmatic programme programme music Prologue chorus Queen Mab recitative reconciliation represented rhythm Romeo and Juliet Romeo au tombeau Romeo et Juliette Scene d'amour scherzo score second Prologue seul Shakespeare solo sonata stage Stephen Heller strings Strophes suggests Symphonie fantastique tempo texture timpani tomb tonal tonic trombones Tybalt violas violins vocal voices wind woodwind