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The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare’s great romantic play - has inspired composers, opera producers, and ballet directors for centuries. Here is a selection of some of the greatest musical versions.
Soviet composer Kabalevsky emulated his fellow countrymen Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky in writing music based on Shakespeare's play. His was for a production at Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre. The colourful, 10 movement suite follows the action of the tragedy and sounds more like a ballet score, although it was not intended as such.
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