Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet – Assignment Example

The paper "Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet" is a good example of an assignment on performing arts. This is an introduction or prelude to a ballet which starts tentatively and gathers speed, just like a real romance of the heart. To me, it sounded melancholic and heart-rending at the beginning. It is very different from Prokofiev’s ballet of the same name, where pride and swaggering give the rhythm. Tchaikovsky captures delicate awakening of love and its gathering pace into passion. It gives each soft instrument (harp, flute, clarinet, and pizzicato violin) the tone of a beating heart, set a slow rhythm, and brings the listener in slowly. The Prokofiev ballet is more exciting and rousing, but this is totally romantic without being overly sweet. I can really imagine Juliet waking up and realizing she is in love. Later, I can see Romeo walking along the narrow streets of Verona happy that she noticed him: so it is very visual music. I feel that towards the end of the 19th century the idealistic or philosophical notion of Romanticism gave way to ‘romantic’ works more like we think of the term today. The essence of the Romantic movement is captured here by the feeling that humanity and human emotions can be seen as wonderful.