This month, the University of Colorado Boulder plays host to the earliest complete published collection of William Shakespeare’s plays during the exhibition "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare." Fittingly, faculty and students from the College of Music will play their part by celebrating four centuries of music inspired by the Bard’s works.
“What’s so compelling about Shakespeare to musicians and composers are the plots,” says Associate Professor of Musicology Carlo Caballero. “Whether it’s 'Macbeth,''Hamlet' or 'Romeo and Juliet,' composers didn’t have to speak English or understand the nuance of the verse or the finesse of the poetry to recognize the theatricality of the story. It’s much more elemental, and that’s what naturally seduces musicians.”