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The Spirit of Schubert - 1815 Day.

With 200 hours of broadcasting and more than a thousand performances, over eight and a half days, BBC Radio 3 presents the biggest ever celebration of Schubert, his music and his life. Including performances of all his completed music and unique broadcasts of his unfinished works, Radio 3 devotes its entire schedule to one of the greatest ever composers. When he died at the age of 31 in 1828, he left a vast body of work, and with live daily performances across the UK, specially commissioned completions of his music and unprecedented analysis of the man behind the music, now, for the first time on this scale, BBC Radio 3 unravels the spirit of this prolific composer.

Today we celebrate the year 1815 when Schubert wrote nearly 22,000 bars of music, much of it in the current repertoire 200 years on. This feat represents a productivity unparalleled in the history of any art. Where did that productivity come from and how did he physically create and write down such a vast amount of music? Throughout the day at 1115, 1400 and 1745 Tom Service introduces The Schubert Lab exploring issues and answering questions about the composer's life and music.

Martin Handley presents Radio 3's classical Breakfast Show.

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Sat 24 Mar 2012 07:00

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