Did you know that it is believed Shakespeare was born and died on the same date? In honor of his birthday and to mark the 400th anniversary since his passing, let’s listen to a few Shakespeare-inspired works that we haven’t already explored this month!
Edward Elgar, Falstaff, based on Henry IV
Robert Schumann, Overture to Julius Caesar, based on Julius Caesar
Igor Stravinsky, Songs from William Shakespeare: “When Dasies Pied”, based on Love's Labour's Lost
Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth, based on Macbeth
Erich Korngold, Much Ado About Nothing, based on Much Ado About Nothing
Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, based on Romeo and Juliet
Jean Sibelius, The Tempest, based on The Tempest