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Romeo i Julia History of the Compromise

Romeo i Julia History of the Compromise

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Copyright by Deborah Annette Wilson2003
ABSTRACTSergei Prokofiev’s ballet
 Romeo and Juliet 
is best known in the version first presented at the Kirov Theater in Leningrad, on January 11, 1940, with choreography byLeonid Lavrovsky. Frequently overlooked is an earlier score, commissioned by theBolshoi Theater in Moscow and completed in 1935, which differs significantly from thecommonly known 1940 variant. To this day, the 1935 version of 
 Romeo and Juliet 
,which contains a happy ending where Romeo and Juliet both live, has never been performed. This dissertation explores the history of Prokofiev’s
 Romeo and Juliet 
andthe complicated process that resulted in the world-wide acceptance of Lavrovsky’s 1940staging as the legitimate version of the ballet, despite Prokofiev’s protests.This dissertation debunks the general view that Prokofiev did not face censure or direct criticism in 1936, after the publication of two editorials in
criticizing themusic of Shostakovich and other Soviet composers. This study presents evidence thatindicates this is untrue, that a planned 1936 production of 
 Romeo and Juliet 
at theBolshoi Theater in Moscow was cancelled out of fear and caution in the aftermath of thetwo
 Romeo and Juliet 
is viewed in this dissertation as an on-going project rather thanas a fixed and final product, as it is usually regarded. The project is considered in thelarger context of the social, political and artistic environments of the time. The

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