The Fairy Queen, Purcell
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Classical music inspired by Shakespeare
23. The Fairy Queen, Purcell
Shakespeare didn't write a play called 'The Fairy Queen' - and Purcell didn't set any of the playwright's text to music in his 1692 semi-opera. It's an adaptation, of sorts, of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - but no one is sure who wrote the libretto.