Boris Blacher: Romeo and Juliet

Boris Blacher Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet

Boris Blacher: Romeo and Juliet

Year of composition:
1943
Composer:
Boris Blacher
Text adapter:
Boris Blacher
Writer of pre-existing text:
William Shakespeare
Choir:
SATB (2- oder 3-fach besetzt)
Instrumentation details:
fl., bs. - tpt. - pno. - string quintet
Scenery:
1
Duration:
65’
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Work introduction

In 1943, at UE’s request, Boris Blacher composed Romeo und Juliet, a chamber opera in 3 parts, freely adapted from Shakespeare. Blacher took excerpts of the play, which are essential to the storyline – producing a concentrated version of Romeo and Juliet, which, through the music, aims more at allegory than pity. Blacher’s music is characterised by an economy of material, transparency and a draughtsmen’s clarity.

World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
30.11.1949

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