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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.
The melodies and harmonies from Stravinsky's Shakespeare songs use a serial technique - they are based on a series of pre-ordered notes. The first, 'Musick to hear', is from Shakespeare's eighth sonnet, and only uses four pitches in total.
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