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As National Poetry Month continues, a poem Beethoven used as inspiration for one of the greatest works of classical music.

Shakespeare's Songs

Apr 24, 2016

There's really nothing quite so enticing as a beautiful text by Shakespeare, set to music.

So many of Shakespeare's works - including his poems - were inspirations for classical music.

Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Seems like everyone has some touchstone when it comes to Shakespeare. The plays are so ubiquitous that it’s really not hard to run into some form, take, interpretation, or re-invention of the most popular ones, like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.

Though not too many records exist of the music that was used during performances of Shakespeare's plays, we have a pretty good idea of what it would have sounded like.

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