.ABC Classic FM runs a Top 100 listeners' poll each year. For 2011 it was Classic 100 - 20th Century.
Each listener could enter 1-10 votes of equal value for their favourite piece(s) of 20th century music.
The final result was announced yesterday. The top 100 can be seen here. Below is the top 1o.
10. PROKOFIEV - Romeo and Juliet Op.64
9. STRAVINSKY - Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
8. ORFF - Carmina Burana
7. BARBER - Adagio For Strings
6, RODRIGO - Concierto de Aranjuez
5. RACHMANINOV - Piano Concerto No. 2
4. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - The Lark Ascending
3. GERSHWIN - Rhapsody in Blue
2. HOLST - The Planets
1. ELGAR - Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85
It's not what this office expected. (As mentioned before, we have the Edition Peters score of John Cage's 4' 33" pinned high on the wall here. Apparently 4'33" came in at #121. No other Cage composition made the top 200.)
Our two bobs worth went to...
1. John CAGE - 4 '33"
2. Arnold SCHOENBERG - Pierrot Lunaire
3. Olivier MESSIAEN - Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus
4. Jimi HENDRIX - Third Stone from the Sun
5. Frank ZAPPA - 200 Motels
6. Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN - Klavierstucke (1-X1)
7. Steve REICH - Come Out
8. Miles DAVIS - Kind of Blue
9. Conlon NANCARROW - Player Piano Studies
10. Philip GLASS - Einstein on the Beach
We celebrate the result with wild tambour and parfums mélodieux. BOUM! BOUM!
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