Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Romeo and Juliet

Playing on the iPod is "Montagues and Capulets" from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. Powerful, tense and diabolically beautiful. Just watch out for those strings ...

Here's a bit, to whet your appetite

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is thought to have been written in 1595 or 1596. The story already existed and was adapted by the Elizabethan author. It is his version that is known to young and old all over the world.

Prologue

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Poem by William Shakespeare

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