Thursday, April 07, 2005

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, "The Montagues and Capulets"

I'm so upset. I spent 45 minutes writing this and the dumb thing didn't send and was erased. I hate computers sometimes! AHHH! So...I'll see what I can remember off the top of my head. The piece is powerful by starting with a two measure intro with big bass chords. It's amazing how Prokofiev makes the piece so interesting when the melody is merely arpeggiated dominant and leading tone chords. At the end of the exposition the melody is even more invigorating as it adds density through chords and a higher range. The close of this section with big dramatic chords sounds like the conclusion of the entire piece, making it rounded bianary. But...surprisingly a new section-completely different, then begins. This section is like twinkling starlight. The meter, rhythm, mood, density, and range are all different then the first section. The only thing that unifies it with the first section is the bass octaves. Then, very softly, there is a restatement of the original theme. This crescendos into a huge restatement pulling all the stops. The piece concludes with a crashing thunderbolt of ascending chords and unusual rhythm. It's composite ternary form. Both A sections are rounded bianary obvious from the modulation and variation in the middle that returns to the original theme. This piece depicts the emotions of Romeo and Juliet perfectly.

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