BBC Bach Christmas marathon begins

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BBC Bach Christmas marathon begins

Post by Charles » Fri Dec 16, 2005 10:35 pm

The BBC Bach Christmas celebration will broadcast every note written by the master; it began today (Dec. 16) and runs round the clock thru Christmas Day. It is unfortunately plagued by intermittent interruptions to the stream, which now seem to be getting blessedly fewer. In spite of this, I have already thrilled to a number of masterpieces I have not previously heard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/

By the way, 24 hours times 10 days would give a figure of about 240 hours of music. Does anyone happen to know of another great composer who has equaled this output?

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Post by isanity » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:57 am

That would depend on how you define "great", but Telemann I gather wrote even more, and Handel and Vivaldi about as much.

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Re: BBC Bach Christmas marathon begins

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:37 am

Charles wrote: By the way, 24 hours times 10 days would give a figure of about 240 hours of music. Does anyone happen to know of another great composer who has equaled this output?
Telemann is in the Guinness Book, but it has been estimated that it would take 40 years of 40-hour weeks just to write down note-for-note everything Bach wrote. He is the most important composer of all time who composed that much and so consistently at the highest level.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Post by isanity » Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:25 am

One other point: the 240 hours includes people chattering about Bach, not just the music. The Teldec complete Bach runs to just under 160 hours.

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