Fantasy Essay by Paramount

An examination of Russian composer Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's "Fantasy" - an adaption of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
# 8797 | 1,245 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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The writer of this paper presents five elements that must be analyzed to understand and underline the Romantic nature of this composer's work. Firstly, one must consider the "storytelling" use of the sonata form of the Fantasy. Secondly, one must consider the way in which the sonata was considered by the composer to be an Overture, a work that gives a "summary" or a miniature of a larger story or musical work. Thirdly, the tone color of the music must be analyzed. And fourthly and fifthly the timber and texture the work must also be reflected upon to understand the opulent quality of the music that renders it characteristic of the Romantic period during which Tchaikovsky composed music.

From the Paper:

"According to the musicologist E.T.A. Hoffman, the Romantic period of Western music was characterized by the "fantastic, idealistic, and marvelous." He states that such qualities are associated with the "romance, a medieval tale or poem about heroes or events written in one of the languages descended from Latin." (Cited in Grout & Palisca 563) Tchaikovksy's choice to use the story of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" as the title of his Fantasy underlines the importance of Romantic thought in the orchestration of the composition. Rather than simply expanding upon or working within sonata form, defined as "an ambitious work in several movements for one or two solo instruments," "

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