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The World's Greatest Music
From the books of Jane Austen to Carmen, great literature has often been the inspiration behind great music, as this gallery proves...
Victor Hugo began writing his famous novel largely to raise awareness of the value of Gothic architecture, which was being neglected and often destroyed. It was turned into an opera, 'Esmeralda' by Louise Bertin with Hugo himself providing the libretto. In 1883, English composer Arthur Goring Thomas also created an opera with the same title, changing Hugo's tragic ending to a happy one.
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