Archive for March, 2013

Shakespeare’s Love-Song Legacy

Songs about love are everywhere, from eighteenth century operas to thrash metal hits. In today’s music industry, the charts are full of love songs, about every kind of relationship or ...

Shakespeare’s Magical, Musical Transformations

Music is almost always present at magical moments in Shakespeare’s plays. This was no coincidence, and while it did work as a theatrical device, the presence of music meant much ...

Inspired by Shakespeare Part 1: Ballet Interpretations

Shakespeare has inspired all kinds of music over the centuries. Ballet has proved a popular medium for musial inspiration from Shakespeare’s plays, including works inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, using Mendelssohn’s ...

Inspired by Shakespeare Part 2: The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare has inspired all kinds of music over the centuries. The videos below have been produced by the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, a group of artists keen to use Shakespeare’s ...

Falstaff: A Musical Inspiration

Shakespeare’s rich stock of characters have inspired many people to write music over hundreds of years. Falstaff has been one of the most popular characters to be set to music, ...

Shakespeare’s Merrymakers

The number of musicians in Shakespeare’s plays is vast: almost every play includes some form of music. The singers are easier to determine than the instrumental musicians, as there are ...

Music and Madness in Shakespeare’s Plays

Madness and music often go together in Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare’ contemporaries believed in the harmony of the spheres, where music gave the universe order and kept it running smoothly. The ...

Shakespeare’s Drinking Songs

Alcohol and music are constant companions, and everybody recognises a rowdy drinking song, whether it comes from 1613 or 2013. Shakespeare was a master of showing all facets of human ...

The Music of the Fairies

Fairy stories were a huge favourite in the songs and plays of Shakespeare’s time. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Shakespeare dedicated a play to the fairy world with A Midsummer Night’s ...

Ariel: Shakespeare’s Most Musical Character

Shakespeare’ most musical character is Ariel, the “airy spirit” of  The Tempest, and he also happens to be one of Shakespeare’s most magical characters. Ariel has four songs in The Tempest ...

A freely available online exhibition exploring keys aspects of the music in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as music inspired by Shakespeare.