“Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.”

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 3, Scene 2

In Shakespeare’s time, music and magic were intertwined. Both were believed to be powerful forces of nature, able to alter the elements and create unearthly effects. Read more about magic in Shakespeare’s music in the blogs listed below, or have a look at the musical artefacts related to magic found in our archives.

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