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Playing: "Death and the Maiden" - quartet arr. Mahler for string orchestra from D.810 by Franz Peter Schubert
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Viennese composer Franz Schubert is best known not only for the remarkable quantity and quality of songs he produced in his short life but for some of the most popular chamber music ever written. Donald Macleod introduces a selection of music from across the range of Schubert's prodigious output and reflects on the colourful but ill-fated life of this complex character. Though Vienna in the early 19th century was bursting with musical entertainment, money-making opportunities were few and far between for a budding composer. In the first programme Donald looks at the challenges encountered by Schubert as he tried to carve a career for himself and introduces works performed by the family and friends who did so much to help spread his name.

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Mon 27 Jun 2011 18:30

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