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Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture - Tchaikovsky

Romeo and Juliet
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Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture, ‘Romeo and Juliet', continues to be a much-loved concert piece, with its central theme frequently quoted today in romantic scenes for film and television.

Originally arranged by Geoff Kingston for the Band of the Army Air Corps, circa 1995 for their Kneller Hall Band Inspection, this revisited score, with optional parts for tuned percussion, will test all sections of you band and offer a rewarding challenge; the result of which will enthral your audience.

Rather than portraying the play's events in the order in which they occur, Tchaikovsky presents a variety of characters and moods whose melodies offer effective musical contrast. The work opens with a serene solo Trumpet, supported by Trombones, that represents the lovers' ally, the sombre and reflective Friar Laurence. The music then shifts to suggest violence, with a chaotic theme for the feuding Montague and Capulet families. Soon Tchaikovsky introduces a new melody: the soaring love theme of Romeo and Juliet themselves. As the piece progresses, love and violence share the stage with a sense of growing urgency until the love theme is reprised in a minor key, suggesting their tragic deaths. The work concludes with a hint of Friar Laurence's melancholy theme (in the play he arrives on the scene too late to prevent the two suicides).

ComposerPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryConcert Work
DurationCirca 17 mins 45 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationConductors Full Score
Flutes 1-2
Oboes 1-2
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bassoons 1-2
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Side Drum / Cymbals / Bass Drum
Glockenspiel / Xylophone
Double Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.

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