Tchaikovsky wrote this symphonic poem based on William Shakespeare’s play of tragic romance, Romeo & Juliet. This is one of my all-time favorite pieces of classical music, and it is the music that introduced me to my all-time favorite composer Tchaikovsky, and well as the music that got me hooked on classical music just two years ago.
While making the video to go with this music, I was trying to decide on what to tell the story with picture-wise since good pictures of the Romeo and Juliet plot-line didn’t seem to fit with the music that well. After listening to the music a few times through, I discovered that during the length of the piece I could see roses representing the famous love theme and fire representing the turbulent fight scenes between the battling families.
In order to tell a story through the music and pictures, I began with the sun rising on peaceful springtime scenes, and the looming foreshadowing of death for the two star-crossed lovers. Then as the strife continues with the Capulets and Montagues, fire is sparked and burns through the rest of the video. As the lovers meet and fall deeply in love, pink, white, and red roses tell their story of bliss. In the end, the lovers meet their deaths; however, their burning love never meets its end. Thus, the story ends with the remaining red rose and the sun setting in the never-ending horizon.