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The World's Greatest Music
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.
The grand brass fanfares which kick off the overture of Debussy's Shakespearean incidental music are a far cry from the wispy flute theme from 'Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune'. Debussy only composed two movements to his 1904 work, King Lear - the powerful fanfare, and the eerie movement, 'Le Sommeil de Lear'.
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