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From the Archives - Shakespeare in Music

A detail of a portrait of William Shakespeare, presented by the Shakespeare Birthplace trust, as seen in March 2009.
Lefteris Pitarakis

In the continuing series of music inspired by Shakespeare, enjoy colorful works inspired by Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra and more. It seems there is no end to the ways composers have been inspired by the Bard’s words to create marvelous music.

Compositions and Recordings

Hamlet Incidental Music
by Serge Prokofiev
Vladimir Ponkin and the "Maly" Moscow Symphony; Ludmilla Koroleva, Boris Stetsenko

Four Shakespeare Songs
by Cecilia McDowell
Bach Aria Soloists; Sarah Anderson

Antony and Cleopatra Overture
by Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco
Andrew Penny and the West Australian Symphony

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