William Sterling

SPOTLIGHT: Shakespeare

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 4

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 4: The Scandinavian Connection To celebrate being in Scandinavian waters the art and music inspired by Hamlet will be examined. Finland’s greatest composer, Sibelius, was also inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.  Music – Sibelius’s “Storm” from Incidental Music for The Tempest.  We have already heard some Sibelius this week… Read more »

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 3

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 3: Midsummer Dreams Some of Shakespeare’s fantasies especially Midsummer Night’s Dream but other supernatural phenomena such as ghosts as well. Music – Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music. That music is so familiar that we often forget why it was written. Mendelssohn composed an Overture… Read more »

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 2

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 2: Love’s Labours Some Music and Art inspired by Shakespeare’s great love stories, especially Romeo and Juliet but also Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and others. Opening Music – Opening of Act III of Prokofiev’s Ballet “Romeo and Juliet” That music is not the most conventional for a… Read more »

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