Tchaikovsky vs. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
There seems to be this great debate on Prokofiev vs Tchaik's Romeo and Juliet. What's your opinion? Just curious.
I haven't heard the debate. Could you summarize? I prefer Prokofiev, mostly because I find his music more interesting. There's also a lot more of it, though––Prokofiev had an entire ballet in which to expound on various themes––so it may not be a fair comparison.
What debate? They're completely different works. The Tchaikovsky R & J is a stand-alone piece, not terribly long. The Prokofiev is music for a ballet, and even the suites extracted from the ballet are multi-movement.
Dunno whether it helps, but John Barry used the Tchaik for the Jaws-and-Dolly love scene in Moonraker.
That bit of the Tchaik has become one of the more recognizable musical clichés. On the other hand, Saturday Night Live did use pieces of the Prokofiev in their skit
Charlie, the final bit of that bit is what has become one of the more recognizable musical clichés, not the whole of that bit.
The Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite pieces ever for orchestra. That said, I love Tchaikovsky, so....why compete when you can easily have both? :)
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