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

A Midsummer Nights Dream: Overture

Fairy Queen

Viel L"armen um Nichts

Beatrice et Benedict

Merry Wives of Windsor Overture


Variations on Greensleeves



Pomp and Circumstance

Midsummer Nights Dream: Scherzo