Each Friday in the noon hour, All Classical Portland On-Air Host & Producer Brandi Parisi will play a classical work inspired by a poem or great literary source in honor of National Poetry Month.
This Friday: Our final musical choice for National Poetry Month is based not a poem per se; however, the source material certainly contains poet language. After all, who could dispute the poetry of lines such as “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?” Tchaikovsky loved Shakespeare and its characters. His “Fantasy-Overture” doesn’t describe the chronological action but is a connected series of evocative descriptions of Friar Lawrence, the “Star-Crossed Lovers”, and the feuding Montagues and Capulets. Recurring is one of the most poetic of themes: the love theme of Romeo and Juliet. You can almost hear in the music “It was the lark, the herald of the morn, no nightingale. Look, love, what envious streaks do lace the severing clouds in yonder east.”