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Thursday, 15 September 2005

Anton Webern (1883 - 1945)

Today BBC Radio3 is broadcasting the entire oeuvre of Anton Webern, the Austrian composer who died, under dramatic circumstances, sixty years ago today. You can listen live, if you are not in the UK and able to tune into Radio3, by clicking here (then, if necessary, click on the 'Listen Live' link on that page).

Webern's works total about five and a half hours of broadcast time and interspersed throughout the day is a variety of other works - just at present Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 ('The Emperor') and, for an hour at midday works by one of my other favourite composers - CPE Bach - are being broadcast as part of Radio3's 'Composer of the Week' series.

Webern's works are not, perhaps, the easiest to listen to, but his influence on classical music since his death in 1945 has been profound.

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