RCM History 3: Romeo and Juliet Suite, No.2 op.64c

Romeo and Juliet, No.2, Op.64c By Sergei Prokofiev
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, No.2, op. 64c Genre: Originally Ballet but later orchestral suitesDate: 1936Source: William ShakespearePerforming: Large orchestra with expanded percussion
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, No.2, op.64c Form: TernaryIntroduction: (mm1-16)Key: no key signature givenTempo: AndanteTime Signature: 4/4
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Introduction – opens dissonant chords- entire orchestral range- ppp»ff- ominous atmosphere (feud)
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Section A, (p.1) Key: E minorTempo: Allegro pesanteTime Signature: 4/4- 2 measures opens establishes E minor- low strings and low brass- rising and falling melody (tonic)- aggressive dotted-note (noble arrogance)-syncopation
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Section A, (p.2) – pungent, chromatic inflections- marcato. sharply angular
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Section A, (p.3) – D minor- Melody: ascending and descending natural minor scale- French horns in octaves- dotted note figure (strings- A minor and F minor, then returns to E minor- emphatic perfect cadence
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Section B Key: E minorTempo: moderato tranquilloTime Signature: 3/4- new melody ascending E minor triad- played by flutes, later joined by clarinets- harp, pizzicato strings, celesta- dolce
“The Montagues and the Capulets: The Capulet Ball” from Romeo and Juliet Suite, no.2, op.64c, Section A¹ Key: E minorTempo: Allegro PesanteTime Signature: 4/4- returns abbreviates- tenor sax: main theme- triplet punctuates final perf cadence

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