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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's dark tragedy might seem an unusual choice for a composer who is best-known for his comic operas. But Rossini's adaptation deviates heavily from the original play, and even features an alternative happy ending! This was common practice at the time for many composers, not just fans of comic opera.
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