No other poet, playwright or novelist seems to have inspired music (and other disciplines of art) to such an extent as did William Shakespeare. His immortal plays, or their selected fragments, already from the 17th century onward provided the material for numerous operas. His texts (or their paraphrases) were used in song settings, and instrumental music was inspired by his works. The Fryderyk-winning proMODERN Vocal Sextet – an ensemble specialising in contemporary music performance – presents a special project entitled proMODERN shakespired, which is part of the worldwide celebrations of Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. The programme features new works specially written for proMODERN by eminent Polish composers (Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Paweł Łukaszewski, Stanisław Moryto, Maciej Zieliński, Tomasz Opałka, and others) to the texts of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The programme also includes a composition by the famous singer-composer-arranger Philip Lawson, member of the legendary King’s Singers.
[Warsaw National Philharmony]
"proMODERN shakespired" recital at polish national broadcaster - TVP Kultura: