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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.

Music heard in this episode:

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture
Purcell: Fairy Queen
Korngold: Viel Lärmen um Nichts
Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict
Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
Verdi: Falstaff
Vaughan Williams: Variations on Greensleeves
Verdi: Macbeth
Verdi: Otello
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo

Learn more about Felix Mendelssohn

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This Week's Quiz

William Shakespeare was a

 Teacher

 Banker

 Composer

 Playwright

 Chef

At what age did Mendelssohn compose his Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream?

 25

 30

 12

 50

 17

What other composer wrote music based on a Shakespeare play?

 Bach

 Berlioz

 Beethoven

 Brahms

 Bizet

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

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.

Music heard in this episode:

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture
Purcell: Fairy Queen
Korngold: Viel Lärmen um Nichts
Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict
Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
Verdi: Falstaff
Vaughan Williams: Variations on Greensleeves
Verdi: Macbeth
Verdi: Otello
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo

Learn more about Felix Mendelssohn

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

William Shakespeare was a

 Teacher

 Banker

 Composer

 Playwright

 Chef

At what age did Mendelssohn compose his Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream?

 25

 30

 12

 50

 17

What other composer wrote music based on a Shakespeare play?

 Bach

 Berlioz

 Beethoven

 Brahms

 Bizet

 

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