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Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John - Abridged, Full Cast, Plain English (Adaptation)

Summary

The Life and Death of King John tells the story of the reign of King John of England (1199-1216). The story is about ongoing tensions that spill over into war between England and France, while King John deals faces consistent palace intrigue. This play has been adapted into plain English and is performed as a theatrical full-cast production. At just over 20 minutes long, it is an abridged and adapted version of one of the relatively underperformed works in Shakespeare's canon. The plan opens with a threat from the French. Negotiations, conflict, and palace intrigue follow, as King John works his way through many issues of war and diplomacy in classic Shakespearean fashion.

©2020 Charlie Creed (P)2021 Historical Audiobooks

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Shakespeare's Timon of Athens

Summary

This production is abridged and in plain English. Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens) is perhaps Shakespeare's sharpest satire on wealth, greed, and betrayal. Scholars generally classify Timon either as a tragedy or a problem play.  Timon is wealthy and generous, but his is a spendthrift throwing lavish parties for his guests and offering financial support on a whim. This means everyone loves him, until the money abruptly runs out as Timon finds creditors at his door. Timon's friends are no longer as welcoming. Timon departs Athens, where despite being destitute, he still has an influential role to play.  It is believed that Shakespeare wrote the play with Thomas Middleton in the early 1600s. The play is believed to draw on earlier works from William Painter, Plutarch, and Lucian. Timon is among Shakespeare's less popular works and has been criticized by some scholars, though others view Timon himself as among some of Shakespeare's deepest characters.  This adaptation by Hazel Jeffs presents an abridged version of Shakespeare's work in plain English. It is a full cast theatrical production lasting around 20 minutes.

©2021 Hazel Jeffs (P)2021 Historical Audiobooks

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An Introduction to Classical Austrian Composers Including Performances

Summary

Explore the works of classical composers. This book provides context before you listen to the piece and additional context afterwards. It’s an ideal way to familiarize yourself with the works of classical composers. This book focuses on Austrian classical composers and includes the works of Franz Joseph Hadyn, Franz Peter Schubert, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

©2020 Anthony Lowski (P)2020 Historical Audiobooks

Length: 35 mins
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An Introduction to Classical European Composers Including Performances

Summary

Explore the works of classical composers. This book provides context before you listen to the piece and additional context afterwards. This audiobook format, including full recordings of relevant pieces, is an ideal way to familiarize yourself with the works of classical composers. This book focuses on European classical composers. The book includes the selected works of Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Henry Purcell, and Antonin Dvorak.

©2020 Anthony Lowski (P)2020 Historical Audiobooks

Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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An Introduction to Classical German Composers Including Performances

Summary

Explore the works of German classical composers. This book provides context before you listen to the piece and additional context afterwards. It’s an ideal way to familiarize yourself with the works of classical composers. This book focuses on German classical composers. The book includes the works of Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Georg Friedrich Handel, and Felix Mendelssohn. It's the ideal way to introduce yourself to German classical composers and understand the techniques they pioneered and how they helped shaped classical music up to this day. An audiobook offers an ideal format for this material, enabling you to both hear the context and then listen to the relevant pieces, creating a seamless, immersive experience for your classical education.

©2020 Anthony Lowski (P)2020 Oxted Press

Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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An Introduction to Classical Italian Composers Including Performances

Summary

Explore the works of classical composers. This book provides context before you listen to the piece and additional context afterwards. It’s an ideal way to familiarize yourself with the works of classical composers. This book focuses on Italian classical composers. The book includes the works of Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Guiseppe Scarlatti, Niccolo Paganini, Tomaso Albinoni, and Ridolfo Boccherini.

©2020 Anthony Lowski (P)2020 Oxted Press

Length: 59 mins
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