Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


Master of Music


Statement of the Problem

This study is concerned with giving a detailed formal analysis of Tchaikowsky1s Overture Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet.


The purpose of the analysis is to give the listener the overall design or pattern of the composition for an improvement in interpreting the work. It is to serve as a sort of guide by which the listener is enabled to see the structure and form of the composition. Its aim is to enable the listener to recognize the way in which the composer constructed this work; to recognize the various parts of the composition and how each part is related to every other part and to the whole. When one is able to interpret good music, then his appreciation, interest, and enjoyment are increased. The objective is to show how program music is constructed; and how various thematic schemes are used to tell a story.


This study does not include all of Tchaikowsky's works. It is limited to the Overture Fantasy to Romeo and Juliet. It includes a biographical sketch of the composer; the influence of his country on his work; the influence of the Romantic Period on him; a resume of his style of writing, and how he wrote this particular composition. It gives the synopsis of the story which the composition itself tells and its complete analysis as to form.

Committee Chair/Advisor

R. von Charlton

Committee Member

R. von Charlton


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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