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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet. Several mus. comps. have been based on this Shakespeare tragedy (1594–5). Among them are: (1) Roméo et Juliette, dramatic sym., Op.17, for sop., ten., bass, ch., and orch. by Berlioz, 1838–9.(2) Roméo et Juliette, opera in 5 acts by Gounod to lib. by Barbier and Carré. Prod. Paris, London, and NY, 1867.(3) Romeo and Juliet (Romeo i Dzhulietta), fantasy-ov. for orch. by Tchaikovsky, 1869 (f.p. 1870), rev. 1870 and 1880 (f.p. 1886). Also duet for sop., ten., and orch., partly based on fantasy-ov., 1893, completed by Taneyev.(4) Romeo and Juliet (Romeo i Dzhulietta), ballet in prol., 3 acts, and epilogue by Prokofiev, Op.64, to lib. by Lavrovsky, Prokofiev, and Radlov, choreog. Psota. Comp. 1935–6. Prod. Brno 1938. Also Symphonic Suite No.1, Op.64b (7 movts.), 1936, No.2, Op.64c (7 movts.), 1937, No.3, Op.101 (6 movts.), 1944.(5) Romeo und Julia, opera by Sutermeister to his own lib. Prod. Dresden 1940.

There are also operas on this subject by Zandonai, Zingarelli, and Blacher. See also Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

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