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Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
Shakespeare didn't write a play called 'The Fairy Queen' - and Purcell didn't set any of the playwright's text to music in his 1692 semi-opera. It's an adaptation, of sorts, of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - but no one is sure who wrote the libretto.
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