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Encyclopedia > Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)

Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Music from the ballet was extracted by Prokofiev as three suites for orchestra and as a piano work. The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker. ... Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: , Sergej Sergejevič Prokofev, 15/April 271, 1891–March 5, 1953) was a Ukrainian-born Russian composer who mastered numerous musical genres and came to be admired as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. ... The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, commonly referred to as Romeo and Juliet, is a play by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young lovers who would do anything to be together. ... It has been suggested that Suite_de_Danses be merged into this article or section. ... The Boston Pops orchestra performing on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Massachusetts. ...



The ballet was composed from 1935-1936 as commissioned by the Kirov Ballet, with a happy ending, but was never publicly mounted, partly due to increased fear and caution in the musical and theatrical community in the aftermath of the two notorious Pravda editorials criticising Shostakovitch and other degenerate modernists. Prokofiev's efforts resulted in suites from the music being heard in Moscow and the united States, but the produced ballet actually premiered in Brno, Czechoslovakia, 30 December 1938. It is better known from the significantly revised version that was first presented at the Kirov in Leningrad, on January 11, 1940, with choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky, to which Prokofiev objected. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... This article describes the Soviet/Russian newspaper. ... Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (Russian Дмитрий Дмитриевич Шостакович) (September 25, 1906 – August 9, 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period. ...

In 1962 John Cranko's choreography of Romeo and Juliet for the Stuttgart Ballet helped the company achieve a worldwide reputation. In 1965 a production that was choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan for the Royal Ballet premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in which Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn brought new life to the characters and Fonteyn, considerted to be near retirement, embarked upon a rejuvenated career. John Cyril Cranko, (August 15, 1927 – June 26, 1973), was a choreographer with the Sadlers Wells Ballet (which later became the Royal Ballet). ... Stuttgart Ballet was the first major German ballet company, which rose to fame in the 1960s under president John Cranko in Stuttgart. ... Sir Kenneth MacMillan (1929 - 1992) was a noted Scottish ballet dancer and choreographer. ... Royal Ballet may refer to: Royal Ballet, London Birmingham Royal Ballet Royal Winnipeg Ballet Royal Danish Ballet There is also an article about the Royal Ballet School in London, England. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... Rudolf Nureyev Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (Russian spelling Рудольф Хаметович Нуреев, Tatar form Rudolf Xämät ulı Nuriev) (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993), Russian-born dancer, was regarded by many critics as the greatest male dancer of the 20th century, alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Mikhail Baryshnikov. ... Dame Margot Fonteyn, DBE, (18 May 1919 - 21 February 1991), the British assoluta was considered the worlds greatest ballerina of her time. ...

Act I 
Scene 1
No 1 Introduction
No 2 Romeo
No 3 The street awakens
No 4 Morning Dance
No 5 The Quarrel
No 6 The Fight
No 7 The Prince gives his order
No 8 Interlude
Scene 2
No 9 Preparing for the Ball (Juliet and the Nurse)
No 10 Juliet as a young girl
No 11 Arrival of the guests (Minuet)
No 12 Masks
No 13 Dance of the Knights
No 14 Juliet's Variation
No 15 Mercutio
No 16 Madrigal
No 17 Tybalt recognizes Romeo
No 18 Departure of the guests (Gavotte)
No 19 Balcony : Scene
No 20 Romeo's Variation
No 21 Love Dance
Act II
Scene 1
No 22 Folk Dance
No 23 Romeo and Mercutio
No 24 Dance of the five couples
No 25 Dance with the mandolins
No 26 The Nurse
No 27 The Nurse gives Romeo the note from Juliet
Scene 2
No 28 Romeo with Friar Laurence
No 29 Juliet with Friar Laurence
Scene 3
No 30 The people continue to make merry
No 31 A Folk Dance again
No 32 Tybalt meets Mercutio
No 33 Tybalt and Mercutio fight
No 34 Mercutio dies
No 35 Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio's death
No 36 Finale
Scene 1
No 37 Introduction
No 38 Romeo and Juliet (Juliet's bedroom)
No 39 The last farewell
No 40 The Nurse
No 41 Juliet refuses to marry Paris
No 42 Juliet alone
No 43 Interlude
Scene 2
No 44 At Friar Laurence's
No 45 Interlude
Scene 3
No 46 Again in Juliet's bedroom
No 47 Juliet alone
No 48 Morning Serenade
No 49 Dance of the girls with the lilies
No 50 At Juliet's bedside
No 51 Juliet's funeral
No 52 Death of Juliet

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Ten Pieces for Piano

Prokofiev reduced selected music from the Ballet in 1937 as Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op 75, which he premiered himself later that year. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...

  1. Folk Dance
  2. Scene: The street awakens
  3. Minuet: Arrival of the guests
  4. Juliet as a young girl
  5. Masquers
  6. Montagues and Capulets
  7. Friar Laurence
  8. Mercutio
  9. Dance of the girls with lilies
  10. Romeo and Juliet before parting

A minuet, sometimes spelled menuet, is a social dance of French origin for two persons, usually in 3/4 time. ...

Orchestral Suites

Romeo and Juliet Suite No 1, Op 64a

  1. Folk Dance
  2. Scene (the Street Awakens)
  3. Madrigal
  4. Minuet (the Arrival of the Guests)
  5. Masks
  6. Romeo & Juliet
  7. Death of Tybalt

Romeo and Juliet Suite No 3, Op 101

  1. Romeo at the Fountain
  2. afternoon Dance
  3. Juliet
  4. The Nurse
  5. Aubade The Death of Juliet...(Morning serenade)

An aubade is a poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn. ... In music, a Serenade (or sometimes Serenata) is, in its most general sense, a musical composition, and/or performance, in someones honor. ...

External links

  • Notes by Paul Serotsky
  • Romeo and Juliet: production histories

  Results from FactBites:
Romeo & Juliet | Milwaukee Ballet Online (5052 words)
Juliet needs to be vulnerable yet iron-willed enough to take control of her situation and act upon her convictions and love for Romeo.
Prokofiev and Diaghilev met for the first time in London in 1914 and, as it was the shrewd and ultimately sagacious impresario’s practice to encourage young talent, he presented the composer with his first ballet commission.
Prokofiev was inspired to this task by his admiration for the ballerina Ulanova with whom he had developed a close relationship despite a stormy beginning during rehearsals for "Romeo and Juliet." Due to the German invasion of Soviet Russia, the ballet was laid aside for two years.
Romeo and Juliet (419 words)
Apparently Romeo and Juliet is a play very conducive to music, judging from the many different composers that have undertaken it.
Romeo and Juliet did not become a part of the standard repertory of dance companies until Serge Prokofiev composed his score around 1935.
He was criticized for mixing disparate elements, such as "crudity" and classicism, and became under censure by Soviet authorities for "excessive formalism, dissonant harmonies, and a generally independent manner of composing" (Monson).
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