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Born on the 11th of December 1803, the French composer Hector Berlioz is one of the most renowned composers in history. His contributions to classical compositions have shaped the evolution of modern music and have given the romantic movement a solid ground on which to build itself. His work has influenced many, including big guns such as Wagner, Strauss and Mahler. One of Berlioz's most prized pieces, and possibly his own personal favorite, is the choral symphony, Romeo et Juliette. Berlioz had an eye for literature and most of his prominent pieces drew inspiration from famous literary works. Keeping in line with this pattern, Romeo et Juliette drew its inspiration from Shakespeare's seminal play, “Romeo and Juliet.” Berlioz saw a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in Paris in 1827 and the play provided the inspiration for Berlioz's composition.
Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” is, perhaps, one of the most famous and well known plays today. The story revolves around two young lovers, who belong to two different, warring houses. The Capulet's and the Montague's are noble houses, but they share a feud so old, that people seldom remember why they became enemies in the first place. In the midst of all this fighting, the young Romeo lays his eyes on Juliet and falls head over heels in love with her. Juliet reciprocates, and what ensues is one of the shortest, yet most passionate love stories that literature has produced. Shakespeare's work is a classical play that is considered a masterpiece world over. And Berlioz does more than justice to the iconic status of the play.
Romeo et Juliette was first performed in Paris at the end of 1839. The performance was divided into seven movements, which were presented in three parts. Part one traced the initial fights and laid the background for the story. Part two contained movements two through four and followed the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet as they meet for the first time and profess their love for each other. Part three comprised of movements five through seven, and depicted the staged death of Juliet, Romeo's despair and suicide, and the awakening of Juliet. The final run of the symphony allows for the closing of the story as both the families mourn over the deaths of their children and vow to end the violence between them.
Every part of the play is translated perfectly into sound as the symphony uses a mix of orchestral pieces, solos and voices to relay the progression of the story. Berlioz is able to capture the essence of the characters and the thrill of the play through his composition. Today, his work has become a cult favorite of critics and music enthusiasts all over the world.
Even though it is one of the most dramatic symphonies around, Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette is still widely understated in terms of the fame and recognition. While it may not be Berlioz's most performed symphony, it is ranked amongst the best of his works. The dramatic quality of the symphony, coupled with the intricate detailing with which the instruments are used, provides the perfect conversion of a play into a musical composition. Berlioz imparts the feeling of the play, and the symphony inspires the same emotions as the original story.
The ultimate ode to, and the celebration of a love that has inspired generations, Romeo et Juliette is a choral symphony that recreates the magic of Shakespeare's legendary play. Channeling the passion of the original characters and allowing the music to delineate the emotions of the play, the symphony uses instrumental solos, voices and orchestral arrangements to bring the characters back to life on stage. The symphony is symbolic of the respect that Berlioz holds for Shakespeare, and his appreciation of the musical developments of his time, including the game-changing Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. To catch a modern day rendition of this heart wrenching musical masterpiece, purchase Berliozs Romeo Et Juliette tickets today.