“Hark, canst thou hear me?
I will play the swan, and die in music”

Othello, Act 5, Scene 2

Some of Shakespeare’s richest musical moments occur at the darkest points of his plays. Music makes the action twist and turn for the worse, and it can be the first sign that something ominous is about to happen. Read more about Shakespeare’s sorrowful music in the blogs listed below, or have a look at the musical artefacts related to sorrow found in our archives.

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Find out more about Shakespeare's sorrowful music: