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Titania awakes clinging rapturously to Bottom, still wearing the donkey's head, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mendelssohn wrote music for a production of the play in 1843. Henry Fuseli/Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Inspired by Shakespeare, Mendelssohn captures all the magic and frivolity in the music he wrote for the Bard's otherworldy play.

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Midspring Surprise: Lost Mendelssohn Song Found

A little song that went missing 140 years ago has just been rediscovered. Hear a performance of this charming 29-bar song from the BBC.

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Turkey, Cranberries And Composers At The Table

Commentator Miles Hoffman invites an eclectic group of long-gone composers to Thanksgiving dinner.

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