Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music, Sunday 8 May 2016, 9pm

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Catherine Bott takes a look at The Rich List of the great composers.

We’ve all heard sad tales of impoverished composers: Mozart’s final resting place a pauper’s grave, Beethoven arrested as a tramp, so shabby were his clothes. But is it all true?

This week, Catherine Bott attempts to find out, as she asks: “What were the financial arrangements of some of our best-loved composers?”

There are a fair few tales to tell, such as with Vivaldi, who ended up destitute, after allegedly earning around £1.6 million.

Catherine’s findings will culminate in a special Top Ten countdown – the definitive list of the richest composers ever.

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