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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.
"Soft stillness and the night / Become the touches of sweet harmony." This beautiful text, set at the beginning and the end of Vaughan Williams' piece, are taken from Act V, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. The piece was first performed in 1938.
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