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Christmas holidays are obvious over and this means that the orchestra compositions for the next season are revealed. And it's so awesome: Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.
Some reasons why:
1) RUSSIAN COMPOSER, DURHUR.
2) Romeo and Juliet! I looove this play and I love how Prokofiev puts all the drama in his music. I know, I know, it's overrated but I don't love it because it's a lovestory (though I love the Knights of Summer theme this play has) but because of the drama. Mercutio, Tybalt, the sense of loss, etc.
3) I actually learned something: It's a violine solo (plural is violini soli?) because violin is masculine in Italian. But it's a viola sola (plural is viole sole?) because viola is feminine. I personally think this is awesome. And not just because we violas are finally getting a damn solo.

I mean, who DOESN'T know the Dance of the Knights (Montagues and Capulets)? (famous part starts at 1:35) It isn't the signature tune for the Soviet Era for nothing. And the other acts in the suites are really beautiful too, but you can only find the Dance of the Knights on YouTube :/

But! I'm also sad we're not doing number 7: The Death of Tybalt (awesome dramatic PWNAGE starts around 2:34) No seriously, this is music worthy of Tybalt. Nobody does cello and copper like the Russians.

Also, I really like the fact that the Netherlands is in a iceskating mania right now. Really, it's awesome to have a lot of actual natural ice (Last time was 1997! Dude!). But the cold isn't helping my cold. Still, ice skating :D

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Date: 2009-01-10 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoeiona.livejournal.com
.... you may not have timed this yet, but at least in the production I saw of Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, Mercutio's death scene is mandated at six minutes. That's six minutes where the dancer is staggering around looking melodramatic. One minute and it really would be melodrama, but at six, it breaches that barrier and leaps into the realm of the utterly nuts.

'Tis all wonderful music, though. :)

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Date: 2009-01-10 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloud-wolf.livejournal.com
Haha, no, I didn't know that (though I don't think Mercutio's death is in the score for the orchestra suites, because those are selected pieces from the ballet) but that's ballet for you.

It is :D

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Date: 2009-01-10 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pojypojy.livejournal.com
Yeah, violino solo/violini soli and viola sola/viole sole. It must be said, though, that generally "solo" in English (as in "solo artist") actually translates as "solista" in Italian. But classical music stuck to its own lingo, as far as I understand?

Ice ice baby! How cold is it over there?

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Date: 2009-01-10 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloud-wolf.livejournal.com
Haha, we were just really surprised: "Sola, what the hell is a sola, is it a spelling mistake?" Yes, we have our own lingo. Not that most of us understand it when the conductor asks for something like... piu traquillo (quasi andantino). I mean, I know it a little but not much. We're planning to buy a basic guide to music phrases, that would help a lot.

It's daytime now and -5 degrees and we're close to the shore. Record holder is some village in the south with -20 O_O

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Date: 2009-01-10 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyshobbitlass.livejournal.com
As for R&J the play. It is my opinion that this play is great, not because Romeo and Juliet's love is so unique, deep or even potentially long lasting(because, face it. It isn't and it wouldn't.)...it's the theme of two people choosing to love in an environment of hate.

:::::end of Shakespeare rant::::

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Date: 2009-01-10 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloud-wolf.livejournal.com
:D I agree! But in my English class people kept whining how R and J were being stupid and I was sad about it because it's still an awesome play.

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