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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.
Tchaikovsky was deeply inspired by Shakespeare and also wrote works based on 'The Tempest' and 'Hamlet'. Although styled an 'Overture-Fantasy', the overall design is a symphonic poem. After an unpromising start, the piece is now one of Tchaikovsky's most enduringly popular. Its love theme has been used in countless films and TV shows.
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