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  Romeo & Juliet | Milwaukee Ballet Online
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.
www.milwaukeeballet.org /romeo-juliet.html   (5052 words)

 Romeo and Juliet
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).
www.uaf.edu /english/faculty/reilly/NCHCproject/RomeoandJuliet.htm   (419 words)

 romeo and juliet
Juliet is instantly taken by Romeo, and the two youth proclaim their love for one another with their "love sonnet" in which Romeo compares himself to a pilgrim and Juliet to the saint which is the object of his pilgrimage.
Juliet is unwilling to enter this arranged marriage, telling her parents that she will not marry, and when she does, "it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate." Capulet flies into a rage and threatens to disown her if she refuses the marriage.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the earlier works in the Shakespearean canon, and while it is often classified as a tragedy, it does not bear the hallmarks of the 'great tragedies' like Hamlet and Macbeth.
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 Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
If Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, with the rapt intimacy and romantic passion of its depiction of young love, did not exist, few of his admirers would have felt the need to invent it.
When Prokofiev approached the subject, he was a thoroughly experienced composer with half a dozen ballets and several operas already to his credit.
After all, Prokofiev's desire to "go home again" was probably prompted in part by his need to get away from the barsh and brittle aspects of the itinerant virtuoso's life and back to more personal, rooted emotions.
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 [Prokofiev - Ballet Music: Romeo and Juliet] notes by Paul Serotsky   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prokofiev's early ballet scores (such as Le Pas d'Acier, and the abortive Ala and Lolli) were written under the influence of Diaghilev, in the heady atmosphere of the post-war 1920s.
Romeo and Juliet: This is the Act I Balcony Scene, replete with light breaking at yonder window, Romeo plighting his troth, Juliet responding positively, and Romeo reacting in typically youthful fashion by jumping all over the place, before they get to the business of sealing their bond.
Romeo's anxiety, as Mercutio crosses swords with Tybalt, is expressed in the anguished overlaying of one of his themes.
www.musicweb.uk.net /Programme_Notes/prokofiev_juliet.htm   (884 words)

He devised the scenario without help from any choreographer, and although Romeo and Juliet has become one of the most treasured of Russian ballets, the authorities were at first reluctant to stage it, perhaps out of suspicion of Prokofiev's political correctness, perhaps because in the original plan the ballet had an unorthodox happy ending.
Juliet the young girl (Vivace) takes us back to the second scene, when Juliet mischeviously teases her nurse who is trying to get her dressed for the ball.
Romeo and Juliet before parting (Lento) shows the morning light shining into Juliet's bedroom and their anguished, tender parting; it also includes some of the music where Juliet, left alone, resolves to visit Friar Laurence.
www.pluto.no /OFO/CD/Prokofiev_No1&2.html   (961 words)

 Amazon.com: Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Sergey Prokofiev, Lorin Maazel, David Zauder, Cleveland Orchestra, Daniel ...
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Abbado ~ Sergey Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 2.
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 5.
www.amazon.com /Prokofiev-Romeo-Juliet-Sergey/dp/B000007OTR   (326 words)

 Sergey Prokofiev : Romeo & Juliet Ballet (Highlights)
Sergey Prokofiev was born in 1891 at Sontsovka in the Ukraine, the son of a prosperous estate manager.
The ballet Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play, was suggested to Prokofiev during a visit to Russia in 1934 on the suggestion of the stage-director Sergey Radlov, who had staged the first Russian performance of The Love for Three Oranges in Leningrad in 1926.
The young heroine Juliet is shown in an ante-room in the Capulet house, with her nurse, an amiable busybody.
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 Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Music from the ballet was extracted by Prokofiev as three suites for orchestra, a piano work, and as a violin and piano suite.
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, on 30 December 1938.
Prokofiev reduced selected music from the ballet in 1937 as Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet_(Prokofiev)   (397 words)

 Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Program Notes Prokofiev - Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Romeo at Juliet's Tomb is a lament—a tragic march of power and intensity, and, when it's overpowered by the lovers' theme, great poignancy.
This is the music that was played at Prokofiev's funeral (oddly paralleling the fate of Fauré and Melisande's death scene) on a tape recorder, because all of Moscow's musicians had been tapped for the funeral of Stalin, who had died at the same hour on the same day as the composer.
The Death of Juliet, after her revival and the discovery of Romeo's body, is an epilogue of heartbreaking, quiet, and ultimately soaring music.
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 Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 4 & 6 and 10 Pieces from Romeo & Juliet : Reviews/Sound Clips
Prokofiev's Fourth Sonata allows more room for the naturally paced introspection - underlining the 'unknown gesture, the soft persistent word' of the Quint side to the composer's complex temperament - at which Lugansky excels.
"Lugansky's Prokofiev is a winner: three major works played with virtuosity, power and, where necessary, delicacy, along with scrupulous attention to the score....
Each section is colorfully and precisely characterized, from the skipping high spirits of 'The Young Juliet' to the malign accents of 'The Montagues and Capulets' and the unhinged bravura of 'Mercutio.' ";
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Juliet arrives at Friar Laurence's cell and with the quick arrival of Romeo and the nurse the two are united in marriage.
Perhaps it is due to the fact that Romeo and Juliet as a ballet is of recent vintage, that despite its established reputation, it is unlike Swan Lake or The Sleeping Beauty where large amounts of the original choreography are accepted as masterpieces to be replicated in tact.
Juliet is first seen in bare feet getting out of her bath, this is chosen to highlight not only her youth but to underline the artificial and ceremonial nature of her entrance into the world at the ball where all are in pointe shoes.
www.balletmet.org /Notes/ROMEOAND.HTM   (9299 words)

 ARTSEDGE: Romeo and Juliet: Making Connections to the Arts: The Performing Arts
Prokofiev died in 1957, on the same day as Joseph Stalin, and his Seventh Symphony was posthumously awarded a Lenin Prize.
Indeed, Prokofiev composed themes or motifs to express certain emotions, to signify the appearance of particular characters on the stage, and to depict certain events.
Even after all this, Prokofiev's ballet was criticized by his dancers, but nevertheless, Prokofiev had presented his piece to theatres in Europe and the United States in an effort to encourage a full production of the ballet.
artsedge.kennedy-center.org /exploring/randj/connections/performing/ballet_prokofiev.html   (639 words)

 PlaybillArts: Features: Romeo, Juliet and Sergei
Prokofiev composed Romeo and Juliet in a burst of inspiration, but the score hit some serious hurdles before becoming one of the pillars of the ballet repertory.
He ultimately found himself ensnared in the politicization of the arts that was a hallmark of the Soviet Union, and the initial reception of Romeo and Juliet was tarnished by the turmoil of the era.
Tchaikovsky's Aurora is an idealized young woman, but Juliet as envisioned by Prokofiev is a girl as uneasy with her nascent sexuality as she is giddy with youthful energy.
www.playbillarts.com /features/article/6406.html   (904 words)

 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet:Complete Suites from the Ballet
Indeed, the Soviet premiere of Romeo and Juliet did not arrive until 1940 at the Kirov Ballet, where the piece gathered enormous acclaim and quickly established a reputation as one of the cornerstones of Soviet art.
Prokofiev's three suites include virtually all of the ballet's main thematic material (minus the repeated numbers), so buying this disc means you'll pretty much have all the Romeo and Juliet you'll need.
I do not charge Prokofiev with plagiarism (I didnít count, but it seemed to me his augmented percussion section was not nearly as large as Varèseís.), but merely with noting the new interest in percussion and using it for his purposes.
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 Amazon.ca: Romeo And Juliet Comp: Music: Sergey Prokofiev,Dmitri Kitajenko,Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Romeo And Juliet: Act II - Scene 3 - No. 35 Romeo Decides To Avenge Mercutio's Death
Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op.
Soft gentle Romeo and Juliet music then BOOM it switches over to fighting and despiration music.
www.amazon.ca /Romeo-Juliet-Comp-Sergey-Prokofiev/dp/B000000AVQ   (589 words)

 Romeo and Juliet - criticaldance.com ballet and modern dance forum
In this magnificent staging of Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev’s powerful and dramatic score and Shakespeare’s tragic story are brilliantly combined with Nureyev’s inventive choreography and Frigerio’s vivid designs.
The only other version of Romeo and Juliet that I have seen that I like just about as much as MacMillan, is the Russian version choreographed by Lavrovsky.
As I recall, Fonteyn spoke of Ulanova's Juliet quite eloquently while she was preparing to dance the role herself.
www.criticaldance.com /ubb/Forum4/HTML/001242.html   (1902 words)

 Romeo and Juliet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet, commonly referred to as Romeo and Juliet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossed lovers.
Romeo is infatuated but laments that she will not "ope her lap to saint-seducing gold." Perhaps most frustrating to Romeo is the fact that Rosalind "will not be hit with Cupid's arrow/ She hath Diane's wit".
Emboldened, Romeo risks his life by remaining on the Capulet estate after the party breaks up, to catch another glimpse of Juliet at her room, and in the famous balcony scene, the two eloquently declare their love for each other.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet   (5725 words)

 Prokofiev.org - Romeo and Juliet Op.64
His Romeo and Juliet is good testimony to that greatness and natural and instinctive affinity for Prokofiev's music.
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet / Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra
www.prokofiev.org /catalog/work.cfm?WorkID=104&s1=2   (1084 words)

 Romeo & Juliet | Press Release 02-13-08
But the original, intended Romeo and Juliet score, which is preserved at The Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, has never been performed, even though the composer left precise and detailed instructions with respect to the orchestration.
Prokofiev at first defended his and Radlov's ending, arguing that "living people can dance, the dying cannot" and that "Shakespeare was himself said to be uncertain about the endings of his plays." However, had he not rewritten the score, he would never have seen it staged.
Not only was Prokofiev forced to rewrite the ending of the ballet replacing the entire fourth act with an epilogue, he was forced to insert large-scale solo dances for the Ball and Balcony Scenes, the result being a break-up of the dramatic flow.
www.fishercenter.bard.edu /romeoandjuliet/support/releases/02-13-08.shtml   (1556 words)

 Prokofiev Message Board - Romeo & Juliet, original scoring
The all-time favorite, "Romeo and Juliet," has inspired multiple versions in dance and music, most notably Sergey Prokofiev's 1935 score, arguably the most choreographed and popular ballet commission of the 20th century.
They include Juliet's entrance, her first encounter with Romeo, Mercutio's death, Tybalt's death and the lovers' last embrace.
Prokofiev wasn't able to imagine dancing to a death ending, so he wrote a happy ending, but then it was proven to him that it's possible.
www.prokofiev.org /forum/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=8&Topic=883   (562 words)

 Amazon.com: Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Sergey Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev, St.Petersburg Kirov Orchestra: Music
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 3.
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 4.
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 6/7.
www.amazon.com /Prokofiev-Romeo-Juliet-Sergey/dp/B000051YDI   (326 words)

 San Francisco Ballet - Romeo & Juliet
The score Sergei Prokofiev wrote for Romeo and Juliet includes some of the most sublime and memorable music in the classical realm, perfectly capturing the tensions of Shakespeare's brilliant story.
However, this is a full-length ballet without a corps, (although there are plenty of crowd scenes) and the lack of the usual opportunities for big group dancing, with all their patterns and prettiness, do take a toll on the overall impact.
Tomasson's is basically a three-act ballet for two dancers, and the San Francisco Ballet is presenting four sets of Romeos and Juliets during the six performance run this spring.
www.culturevulture.net /Dance/SanFranciscoRomeo.htm   (426 words)

 Sergey Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
It is perhaps hard to imagine that Romeo and Juliet, arguably the most popular ballet for the twentieth century, has never been performed as the composer intended.
Prokofiev endured five years of artistic and political interference before seeing the ballet premiered.
Not only was Prokofiev forced to rewrite the ending of the ballet – replacing the entire fourth act with an epilogue, he was forced to insert large-scale solo dances breaking up the dramatic flow.
www.fishercenter.bard.edu /romeoandjuliet/discovery   (233 words)

 YouTube - PROKOFIEV - Romeo & Juliet - Ballet
PROKOFIEV - Romeo & Juliet - Opera National Par...
Romeo and Juliet 'Pas de deux' Act I - Sergei Prokofiev
roberto bolle and ambra vallo in romeo and juliet
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 YouTube - Charles Latshaw conducts Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" mvt1
Charles Latshaw conducts Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" mvt1
Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet", Sacrum-Profanu m Festival part1
Charles Latshaw conducts Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" mvt2
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 Romeo and Juliet
Before you enter the competition, to understand this tragedy and to help you play your character as best as you can, you are going to do some research about Shakespeare, his time and the story of Romeo and Juliet.
You have to prepare a report with all the information that you think is relevant about Shakespeare's age and about the play Romeo and Juliet.
Second, you have to read about how "Romeo and Juliet" has been adapted to music and films.
www.isabelperez.com /webquest/romeo/index.htm   (1100 words)

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