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Felix Mendelssohn

Music Based on Shakespeare

Probably no playwright has had more music based on his work than William Shakespeare. Felix Mendelssohn, Henry Purcell, Hector Berlioz, Giuseppe Verdi are just a few of the composers who've been inspired by Shakespeare's plays.

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Music In This Episode

Midsummer Night???s Dream: Scherzo

Pomp and Circumstance



Variations on Greensleeves


Merry Wives of Windsor Overture

Beatrice et Benedict

Viel L?EURrmen um Nichts

Fairy Queen

A Midsummer Night???s Dream: Overture