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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.
As an overture based on a tragic play, the opening is surprisingly serene and positive. The piece has something of a 'From the New World' symphony feel about it, with spiky strings and prominent horn lines, and folky tunes giving way to chaotic drama at the end.
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