Romeo and Juliet


This  four act opera requires five sets, possibly reducible to four sets. The  libretto is an adaptation by the composer of the Shakespeare play bearing the  same title. The work requires two tenors, two baritones, six basses, two  sopranos and one alto as soloists, a mixed chorus and mutes, and an orchestra  consisting of: piccolo, 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass  clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani,  percussion, harp and strings.

Synopsis:  The plot closely follows that of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • M-H 1/5-1—A full score of Act I

    Full score of Act One of the opera Romeo and Juliet. Brown leather bound volume. Autograph score, in the composer’s hand. 36cm x 28cm x 2cm. Gold embossed on the front cover: ‘Romeo and Juliet. Act I.’ Black inked score. One front endpage and one blank endpage. The second recto is inscribed ‘Romeo and Juliet. Opera in 4 Acts after Shakespeare by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. 1912’ in the composer’s hand.

    The third recto is inscribed with the following:

    ‘Romeo and Juliet.
    Mercutio—baritone (high)
    Benvolio—baritone (low)
    Friar Laurence—bass
    Friar John—bass
    Prince Escaluo—bass
    Lady Capulet—soprano
    Chorus of Capuleto; Montagues; Citizens.
    Characters who do not sing. Officers and attendants; servants; pages.’

    The fourth recto is inscribed with the following:

    ‘The Action takes place in Verona.
    Act 1. Scene 1.      A street.
    Scene 2.      The Great Hall in the palazzo of Capulet.
    Act 2. Scene 1.      An orchard, overlooked by a balcony of Capulet’s house.
    Scene 2. A street, with the Chapel of the Franciscans at the back.
    Scene 3. The same.
    Act 3. Scene.         A boudoir, adjoining Juliet’s chamber.
    Act 4. Scene.         A burial ground, containing the Monument of the Capulets.’

    The fifth recto holds a sketch in black ink of a steam ship. This is signed: ‘T. Scharf.’ Below are the words: ‘If thy ways star anew! The old sun waits on you, The old loves too!’ The words are signed: ‘Olive Scharf.’ Three bars of piano music run up the right side of the drawing and are signed: ‘Your old friend E.S.’ Sketch 5.8cm x 8cm pasted in

    The score contains 172 paginations. 24 line score paper imprinted ‘B & H. Nr 14. c.’ with the Breitkopf & Härtel emblem. The orchestration indicated at p.l of the score is: piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets in B, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, kettledrums, side drum and cymbals and strings. The page is inscribed at the head: ‘Act I Scene I. G.W.L. Marshall-Hall.’ A red inked German libretto with adjusted notation is placed under the English libretto.

  • M-H 1/5-2—A full score of Act II

    Full score of Act II of the opera Romeo and Juliet. Identical in description to M-H l/5-l of which this volume is the extension. An autograph in a copyist’s hand. 229 paginations. 5 pages of blank score paper. 10 frontend pages and 2 end pages blank. Black ink autograph score not in the same hand as M-H l/5-l. At p.229 the score paper is signed with the composer’s initials: ‘ M-H’ where the page is also inscribed ‘End of Act 2. 26/7/12.’ The red inked German libretto continues at p.2. Three additional single line slips occur at p.126. These accommodate the red inked German libretto associated adjustments of notation. Elsewhere such adjustments occur on the score body.

  • M-H 1/5-3—A full score of Acts III and IV

    Full score of Acts III and IV of the opera Romeo and Juliet. Identical in description to M-H l/5-l and M-H 1/5-2 of which this volume is the final extension of the set of three. An autograph in a copyist’s hand. Black inked score. 203 paginations. 10 frontpages and one endpage blank. Page l is inscribed ‘Act 3 Scene I’ and p.121 is inscribed ‘Act 4.’ No Scene II occurs for either Act. Renotation occurs at p.3. Blue pencilled cue numbers are used throughout. A red inked German libretto continues as in M-H l/5-l and M-H 1/5-2. Revised tempo indications occur at pp 82-83, 85, 105.

  • M-H 1/5-4—A piano and vocal score

    Piano and vocal score of  the opera Romeo and Juliet. Brown  linen bound volume, the pages now loose, apparently from use. Autograph black  inked score. Inscribed on front cover and spine: ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ 36cm x  28cm x 2.5cm. 287 pencilled paginations. 12-stave score paper imprinted ‘B  & H. Nr l.C.L.10’ with the Breitkopf & Härtel emblem to the left.

    The first recto  of the 3 frontend sheets is inscribed in blue-black ink in M-H’s hand: ‘Romeo  and Juliet. Opera in 4 Acts by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. After the original text of  Shakespeare. The German version is from the famous translation of Tieck and  Schlegel.’ This is written over a nearly obliterated pencilled address in  London. Not decipherable.

    The third recto  is inscribed in pencil: ‘Dedicated to my Australian friends.’ In the composer’s  hand.

    The first recto  of the score paper is unpaginated but bears in the place usually reserved the  number 2578. In black ink it is signed by M-H and inscribed ‘Romeo &  Juliet. Act I. G.W.L. Marshall-Hall.’ A faintly pencilled address is partly  visible at the page end. This is possibly 11 Sterndale Road, Wood Greene [sic]. Page l of the score is inscribed  ‘Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Scene 1. G.W.L. Marshall Hall.’ The black inked score  is much overwritten in pencil in English and in German, apparently in M-H’s  hand. The English libretto is underwritten with the German libretto in red ink  with accommodating notation. At the page end is inked: ‘E x S. 4558.’ This  number also occurs at p.29 and 167. This is the publisher’s plate number,  corresponding with that of the published piano and vocal score by Enoch and  Son, M-H 1/5-6. This autograph score appears to have been that used for  publishing purposes as p.2. is inscribed ‘Note for Printer—omit numbers,’ a  reference to the blue pencilled rehearsal cue numbers which occur throughout.  Pencilled numbers occurring throughout at line ends appear to be associated  with the engraving process. The recto of the endpage is occupied with a German  translation of the English directions of the final page of the score, in  pencil.

    All additions,  deletions and writing seem to be, like the score, in M-H’s own hand. This makes  the artifact a particularly important one (a) because it is a final corrected  autograph of M-H’s and (b) it was used to produce the published score of Enoch  and Sons, London. It therefore represents M-H’s final thoughts on the opera,  the published version appearing in 1914, shortly before the composer’s death.

  • M-H 1/5-5—Piano and vocal score of Act I, Scene I: the Queen Mab scene

    Part of a vocal and  piano score of the Queen Mab scene of Act I, Scene I, of the opera Romeo & Juliet. 20 pages (10 sheets)  of 12-stave score paper of which 5 sheets (10 pages) are blank. No imprint. The  brown paper cover is inscribed ‘Romeo & Juliet. 3.’ The words ‘Acts 3 and  4’ have been crossed out. A label on the inside cover reads: ‘Prof  Marshall-Hall. 1 Creswick St. Hawthorn’ on a ‘Sands & McDougall, Stationers  of Collins St. Melbourne’ label, together with a Mayne Nickless parcel receipt.  The first recto is inscribed in pencil: ‘Act I Scene I’ but in fact this is the  Queen Mab scene beginning at p.26 of the published score M-H 1/5-6 and running  to p.36.

  • M-H 1/5-6—Published piano and vocal score

    Published vocal and  piano score of the opera Romeo &  Juliet, 1914. 24.5cm x 31cm x 2.5cm. Grey paper cover, black bound back,  blue printed front. Handwritten at the top of the front cover, possibly in  Percy Grainger’s hand: ‘Given to the Grainger Museum 25 June 1935 by …’ and  signed K. Marshall-Hall. This is possibly the signature of M-H’s wife, Kate.  The cover reads: ‘Romeo and Juliet. An Opera in 4 Acts. Arranged from the  Original Text of Shakespeare. The German version from the famous Translation of  Tieck & Schlegel. Music by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. Price 12/- net. London.  Enoch and Sons. 14 and 14A Great Marlborough Street W … Printed in England.  Copyright MCMXIV by Enoch and Sons.’ All cast lists, action places, and  contents are duplicated in German. Publisher’s plate number is ‘E & S.  4558.’ Some hand pencilled performance directions occur throughout. There are  indications on the housing of this artifact that it was part of a donation from  Mrs Kate Marshall-Hall.

  • M-H 1/5-7—Second published piano and vocal score

    The second published  vocal and piano score of Enoch & Sons. The description is as for M-H 1/5-6.

  • M-H 1/5-8—Publisher’s proofs

    Publisher’s proofs of  M-H 1/5-6, i.e. E & S. 4558. 4 bundles of sheets holding on one side only a  page of the published score. 32.5cm x 26.5cm. Bundle One: Act I Scenes I and 2.  i.e. to the end of Act I as in M-H 1/5-6. Sewn in 2 places with green cotton on  the left edge. Bundle Two: Act II, Scene I. To the end of Act II, Scene I of  M-H 1/5-6. Sewn in 2 places with white cotton with some pages loose. Bundle  Three: Act II, Scene 2 and Scene Three. To the end of the act as given in M-H  1/5-6. Sewn in 2 places with green cotton. Bundle Four: Acts 3 and 4. To the  end of the opera as given in M-H 1/5-6. Sewn in 3 places with white cotton with  some pages loose.

  • M-H 1/5-9—Orchestral parts

    Orchestral parts of  the opera Romeo & Juliet. A  bundle in brown paper tied with white string with a University of Melbourne  label reading: ‘Miscellaneous M.S. Orchestral Parts -by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall.’  The word ‘Aristodemus’ had been crossed out and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ added. These  are orchestral parts on 12-stave score paper with the imprint: ‘B & H. Nr  I.C. 1.10.’ with the Breitkopf & Härtel emblem. Parts are for Act I Scene  I, but are incomplete, extending to the rehearsal figure 14 only. Present are:  1 first violin part, 2 second violin, 1 viola, 1 violoncello, 1 double bass, 1  first and second flute, 1 piccolo, 1 oboe, 1 English horn, 1 first and second  clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 first and second horn, 1 third and fourth horn, 1 first  and second trumpet, 1 third trumpet, 1 first and second trombone, 1 third  trombone and tuba, 1 kettledrum, 1 cymbals, 1 side drum and triangle with  ‘etc.’ i.e. other percussion.

  • M-H 1/5-10—Orchestral parts Act II, Scene I

    Orchestral parts of Act  II, Scene 1 of the opera Romeo and Juliet.  Each part in a brown paper cover. Generally 12-stave score paper with the  imprint: ‘B & H. Nr I.c.10.10.’ and the Breitkopf & Härtel emblem.  Present are: 7 first violin parts, 4 second violin, 4 viola, 2 violoncello, 2  double bass, 1 combined first and second flute, 1 third flute and piccolo, 1  first and second oboe, 1 English horn, 2 bass clarinet, 1 first and second  bassoon, 1 first and second horn, 1 third and fourth horn, 1 first and second  trumpet, 1 third and fourth trumpet, 1 third trombone and tuba, 1 timpani, 1  bass drum, cymbals and triangle, 1 harp.

  • M-H 1/5-11—MS libretto

    Libretto  of the opera Romeo & Juliet. 24  paginations of ruled exercise book paper 20.5 cm x 26 cm, sewn at left edge in  white linen. Typed in purple with underlining in red ink, the first recto hand  written: ‘Romeo & Juliet. Opera in 4 Acts. After the play of Shakespeare by  G.W.L. Marshall-Hall. Copyright.’ The second recto holds a handwritten  character and action list.