The broadcast will include such rarely heard works as the composer's settings of Scottish, Irish, and Welsh folksongs. Beethoven wrote about 100 hours of music in all, which means that some works will be heard twice during the 136-hour broadcast.
The marathon will give listeners a chance to put Beethoven's best-known works in context, Radio 3 controller Jim Wright told the paper. "There are so many mountaintops in Beethoven that will reveal themselves more fully if we put the valleys in between," he said. "There will be a learning journey that will take people through pieces they didn't even know existed."
The station plans to broadcast the complete works of Bach, Schumann, Brahms, and Anton Webern in the future.