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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.
When Berlioz attended productions of 'Hamlet' and 'Romeo and Juliet', he fell in love with the Irish actress playing Ophelia and Juliet, and grew fascinated by Shakespeare and his plays. He married the actress, Harriet Smithson, in 1833, and performed his 'Roméo et Juliette' in 1839.
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