Friday March 4,
Lecture Twenty Two
Romeo and Juliet Overture- Tchaikovsky
A concert overture is a new genre in the 19 thcentury
o It is the instrumental piece that opens an opera
The Romantic period is very much about drama in music.
Remember: program music has no text (is instrumental), but it is written
as if it does have text. It has a semantic meaning.
Second theme (love song)- representing Romeo and Juliet’s love.
Remember that program music is not a genre, it is a broad category.
A lot of program music in the 19 century is French or Russian.
Scherazade- middle eastern story.
Orchestration- a lot of what gives the music its ch