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had a strong influence on his music, making a direct musical setting of Shakespeare's work only natural.
In fact, he had been planning a musical realisation of Romeo and Juliet for a long time before 1838, but other projects intervened.
Emile Deschamps (the librettist of the work) says that he and Berlioz worked out a plan for the symphony shortly after the Odéon's 1827-28 season.
Indeed, it may be the case that Roméo et Juliette's genesis is intertwined with other works composed before the composer left for his Prix de Rome sojourn of 1830-32.
Sardanapale, the cantata with which Berlioz finally won the Prix de Rome in 1830, includes the melodic material of both the Roméo seul ("Romeo alone") portion of the second movement and the Grande fête chez Capulet ("Great banquet at the Capulets").
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