You can also listen to this piece (and all my other CPOTW) on this Youtube playlist.
Wow, it has been quite a long time since my last Classical Piece of the Week, eh? Anyways, just yesterday, I got this giant and epic Shakespeare book over at the ever-so-awesome Costco. It contains all the plays and some poems and sonnets. I will not lie, I am very bad at reading anything old school, but I really do want to learn some knowledge on Shakespeare, so I will try my best to understand the words.
So in the theme of Shakespeare, this week I choose Dance of Knights from the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev as my Classical Piece of the Week. It is an orchestral piece that really is quite something.
It is basically divided in three sections. A, B, and a return of A, though briefly modified. The A section is loud, heavy, and really, really epic. The brass and the strings just look like they are fighting for the attention, and what comes from it is some pretty intense and thought-provoking music. Honestly, it's kind of like my "jam", to put it that way. ^^
The B section is like the polar opposite. The most opposites of opposites. It features the woodwinds with a light, eerie melody, and it just sounds so medieval. Beautifully crafted, and very soft.
And then just as your eyes start to drop, the A section returns. Though not as powerful, it is still quite grand. The whole piece ends all quite abruptly with the bass and strings just hitting it.
If you would like a more detailed, descriptive of this magnificent piece, here is the always reliable link to the Wikipedia page.
Don't forget to push that play button! I swear, you will feel that level of epicness rising up in you!