The first song I heard is Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is written at 1880, a romantic period music. It is a sonata allegro form, which consist an exposition, a development, and a recapitulation. However, it is hard for me to find connection between three parts when I was at the concert. Moreover, I did not realize there is three parts until I did the research after the concert. I was really into music and picturing the Romeo and Julia scene in my mind when I heard the symphony playing this piece.
Tchaikovsky wrote this piece when he was still young, he was having a relationship with Desiree Artot. The relationship was not going very well, it was about to finish when he wrote this piece. Maybe this is one of the reason he choose write a symphony regarded to Shakespeare's tragedy play to reflect his feeling about love through music.
The music is divided into three parts, “Friar Laurence theme” “Montague- Capulet conflict” “Love” according to Shakespeare's play. In the first part/ introduction, I heard bassoon and clarinet playing counterpoint melody. It makes me think of the sad scene in church that Juliet drank the medicine pretended to be death, Romeo did not realize the truth and kill himself. Later on, the harmony sounded sorrow and darkness when string come in with flute. F sharp minor sounded elegant and brought out the scene of religion. To the end of introduction, the music dialogue between winds and strings is very intense, makes you feel something serious is happening. The second part was amazing, tremendous powerful and intensity melody between sting and wood winds. The intensity of tempo and sixteen notes from violin create a scene of chasing. This resemble the war between two family, and also the sword fight to me. It turned to slow motion at the end, as the connection to the finale theme- love. The finale is beginning with the melody of flute and English horn, accompany by string....
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