What if Tchaikovsky Composed a Romeo and Juliet Ballet?

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Don’t get me wrong, I love Prokofiev’s score for Romeo and Juliet, it’s one of my favorite pieces of classical music.

But Tchaikovsky’s stand-alone piece Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture gives one a tantalizing taste of what Tchaikovsky’s version of the ballet might have sounded like.

And now imagine a nineteenth-century production with choreography by Petipa and/or Ivanov and lavish Imperial-era sets and costumes. Good food for daydreams…

What does it look like in your imagination? 🙂



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