Music Inspired by Shakespeare

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Monday, April 18, 2016

William Shakespeare, 'Chandos portrait' William Shakespeare's words inspired countless composers. (Beao/Wikimedia Commons)

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin honors the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with works by composers that the playwright influenced. Featured pieces include Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Verdi's Otello, film music to the Laurence Olivier version of Henry V and numerous musical interpretations of Romeo and Juliet.

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