BBC Radio 3 to broadcast newly-“completed” Schubert symphony

Posted on: February 14, 2012

In Sunday’s (2/12) Telegraph (London), Roya Nikkhah writes, “It is a musical mystery—a half-written symphony by one of the world’s greatest composer, though how he intended to complete it is anybody’s guess. Now, one of Franz Schubert’s most intriguing ‘unfinished’ symphonies will be completed and performed live for the first time since the Austrian composer abandoned it nearly 200 years ago. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a new, complete version of Symphony in D, D.708a next month as part of its Schubert season, when the station will dedicate its entire schedule to Schubert’s works for eight days. … Symphony in D, D.708a was only discovered in the 1970s when a manuscript in the Vienna State Library containing some of Schubert’s compositions was re-examined more closely. … Schubert completed about 40 per cent of the work—the equivalent of around 12 minutes of music—for an orchestra including strings, double woodwind, two horns, two trumpets and two kettle drums. … Professor Brian Newbould, a composer and expert on Schubert, has spent more than five months finishing the piece following a commission by Radio 3.”

Posted February 14, 2012