William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's writings have been a great inspiration to many American song composers.

Image: William Shakespeare, National Portrait, London, public domain

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The Opera America Songbook--Volume 1

(Mark Campbell, Richard Danielpour, Daron Aric Hagen, Lowell Liebermann, Amy Lowell, John Musto, Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson)


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Song(s): 1. The Drum
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8. Remorse for Any Death
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