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From the books of Jane Austen to Carmen, great literature has often been the inspiration behind great music, as this gallery proves...
‘A plot whose essence can fit onto a postage-stamp evolves into the longest fiction in the English language,’ is how English composer Robin Holloway described Richardson’s massive novel. The composer spent years adapting it and then wrote all the music for his opera of 'Clarissa' in a fortnight in 1976. It was premiered by English National Opera in 1990.
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