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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.
Ding! Ding-dong bell! Vaughan Williams swaps his trademark pastoral classics for Shakespeare's isle full of noises in 'Full Fathom Five' and 'The Cloud-Capp'd Towers', songs based on text from The Tempest. The cheeky fairy chorus in 'Over Hill, Over Dale' sings text from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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