Shakespeare at the Movies

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The great Bard of Avon -- age cannot wither, nor custom stale his infinite variety! Shakespeare's dramas have been adapted to film many times, and an impressive range of composers have contributed to those movies. On what just may be Shakespeare's 447th birthday, David Garland presets Shakespearean film scores, including Nino Rota's Romeo and Juliet, Dimitri Shostakovich's King Lear, Patrick Doyle's Much Ado About Nothing, Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate (based on "The Taming of the Shrew") and others. If music be the food of love, play on!


Stephen Warbeck - Shakespeare In Love - The De Lessep's Dance - Sony Classical

Patrick Doyle - Much Ado About Nothing - The Picnic, Overture - Epic Soundtrax

Nino Rota - Romeo & Juliet - Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet, What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks? - Silva America

William Walton - Henry V - Passacaglia: Death of Falstaff, Touch her soft lips and part - Nimbus

Patrick Doyle - Henry V - The Death of Falstaff - EMI

Patrick Doyle - Hamlet - I Loved You Once - Sony Classical

Ennio Morricone - Hamlet - Hamlet (Version 2) - Virgin

Cole Porter - Kiss Me Kate - Overture, Keenan Wynn & James Whitmore: Brush Up Your Shakespeare - Rhino

Dimitri Shostakovich - King Lear - Finale 2nd Act, Prelude (March of Time) - Capriccio

Jocelyn Pook - The Merchant of Venice - How Sweet The Moonlight, Song For Bassanio - Decca

Elliot Goldenthal - Titus - Victorius Titus, Tribute & Suffrage - Sony Classical

Below: Rota's Romeo & Juliet: