Most of Shakespeare's 38 plays have potions, magic or something supernatural in them. In Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves you can meet some of his fantastical characters and then hear music inspired by their words. Listen to some samples below.
The Three Weird Sisters from Macbeth
In this scene, the Three Weird Sisters (or witches) are cooking up some nasty tasting trouble in a big cauldron.
The three witches are represented by a trumpet, a French horn and a trombone. Can you hear the cauldron bubbling?
Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream
The mischevious Puck is a sprite who can transform himself into any form he chooses.
Puck is represented in the music by a clarinet. Can you hear him laughing at the trouble he's causing?
Prospero from The Tempest
Prospero is a banished Duke and a powerful wizard who uses the magic of his staff and book.
Propero is represented by a cello in the music. Can you hear his power and his sadness?