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by Martin Kettle
Anniversaries are the lifeblood – but also the bane – of classical music scheduling. A composer’s 100th or 200th anniversary is a guarantee of extra performances, which is generally a good thing. But it’s a reminder, too, that classical music is still terribly dependent on its past and insufficiently energised by its present. That’s why, most of the time, musical anniversaries make my heart sink. I’m already dreading the overkill next year when Wagner and Verdi have their 200th anniversaries and Britten his 100th – even though I revere all three of them mightily.