Ep. 38: Star-Crossed – The Musical Reincarnations of Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy of two star-crossed lovers has been one of the most frequently adapted stories for musical purposes. Composers, such Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Berlioz, and even Duke Ellington, have been touched by its heart-wrenching tale since its creation, and this episode gives you a look into the many musical reincarnations of Shakespeare’s young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.

Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

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Music used in this episode:
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17, Mvt. 3: “Le jardin de Capulet silencieux et déserte” by Hector Berlioz
Romeo and Juliet, TH 42, ČW 39 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Prelude to Love by Peter Sandberg
Reconcile by Peter Sandberg
Frailty by Bonn Fields
Little Grethel by Sun Chime
Fragile by Bonn Fields
Love at First Glance by Bonn Fields
A Brokenhearted Man by Bonn Fields

Sources used for this episode:
Vincenzo Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi (New York: E. F. Kalmus, 1933).
Hector Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette, H 79 (Paris: Brandus, 1857).
Charles Gounod, Roméo et Juliette, CG 9 (Paris: Choudens Fils, 1867).
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet (overture-fantasia) (Moscow: Muzgiz, 1950). (Versions A & B)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet (overture-fantasia) (Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock, 1881).