Classic 100 Twentieth Century (ABC)

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During 2011 the Australian radio station ABC Classic FM held a Classic 100 Twentieth Century countdown.[1]

Voting for the countdown was held between 1 October 2011 and 23 October 2011, with each listener permitted to vote for up to 10 pieces of music that were "composed since 1900".

The broadcasting of the results of the countdown began on 26 November 2011 and concluded on 3 December 2011 (with the top-ranked works played live by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Adelaide Festival Theatre).[1]

Countdown results[edit]

The results of countdown are as follows:[2]

Rank Composer Work Genre Completed
100 Adams, John The Chairman Dances (derived from Nixon in China) Orchestral 1985
99 Ramírez, Ariel Misa Criolla Choral, mass 1964
98 Prokofiev, Sergei Lieutenant Kijé Symphonic suite 1933
97 Addinsell, Richard Warsaw Concerto Concerto for piano 1941
96 Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 10 in E minor Symphony 1953
95 Tavener, John Song for Athene Choral, a cappella (four-part) 1993
94 Sibelius, Jean Symphony No. 7 in C major Symphony 1924
93 Elgar, Edward Violin Concerto in B minor Concerto for violin 1910
92 Britten, Benjamin Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Song cycle 1943
91 Lloyd Webber, Andrew Requiem (Pie Jesu) Choral, mass 1985
90 Shore, Howard Lord of the Rings score Film soundtrack 2001
89 Lehár, Franz The Merry Widow Operetta 1905
88 Elgar, Edward The Dream of Gerontius Choral and orchestra 1900
87 O'Boyle, Sean Concerto for Didgeridoo Concerto for didgeridoo 2003?
86 Williams, Ralph Vaughan Sir John in Love, (fantasia on Greensleeves) Orchestral, fantasia 1929
85 Weill, Kurt The Threepenny Opera Musical 1928
84 Villa-Lobos, Heitor Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Orchestral, suite, with voice 1938
83 Ravel, Maurice Daphnis et Chloé Ballet score 1912
82 Glass, Philip Akhnaten Opera 1983
81 Messiaen, Olivier Turangalîla-Symphonie Orchestral, with piano 1948
80 Grainger, Percy Irish tune from County Derry Folksong adaptation 1911
79 Barber, Samuel Violin Concerto Concerto for violin 1939
78 Elgar, Edward Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major Symphony 1908
77 Gershwin, George Concerto in F Concerto for piano 1925
76 Bernstein, Leonard Candide Operetta 1956
75 Strauss, Richard An Alpine Symphony Symphonic poem 1915
74 Korngold, Erich Wolfgang Violin Concerto in D major Concerto for violin 1945
73 Mahler, Gustav Symphony No. 6 in A minor (Tragic) Symphony 1904
72 Gershwin, George An American in Paris Symphonic poem 1928
71 Britten, Benjamin The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Orchestral, with narrator 1946
70 Britten, Benjamin A Ceremony of Carols Choral 1942
69 Rachmaninoff, Sergei All-Night Vigil Choral, a cappella 1915
68 Jenkins, Karl The Armed Man Choral, mass 1999
67 Debussy, Claude Preludes, Book 1[a] Piano 1910
66 Mahler, Gustav Symphony No. 9 Symphony 1910
65 Parry, Sir Hubert Jerusalem Choral, hymn 1916
64 Respighi, Ottorino Pines of Rome Symphonic poem 1924
63 Schoenberg, Arnold Transfigured Night String sextet 1899
62 Ravel, Maurice Piano Concerto in G major Concerto for piano 1931
61 Mahler, Gustav Symphony No. 4 Symphony 1901
60 Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad) Symphony 1941
59 Britten, Benjamin War Requiem (Dies irae) Choral, mass 1962
58 Mahler, Gustav Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) Symphony 1906
57 Prokofiev, Sergei Symphony No. 1 (The Classical) Symphony 1917
56 Pärt, Arvo Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten String orchestra, with bell 1977
55 Canteloube, Joseph Songs of the Auvergne[b] Choral, folk songs 1930
54 Ravel, Maurice Pavane for a Dead Princess Orchestral 1910
53 Respighi, Ottorino Ancient Airs and Dances[c] Orchestral, suite 1923
52 Puccini, Giacomo Turandot Opera 1924
51 Sculthorpe, Peter Kakadu Orchestral 1988
50 Britten, Benjamin Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) Orchestral, suite 1945
49 Edwards, Ross Dawn Mantras Choral 1999
48 Shostakovich, Dmitri The Gadfly Suite Orchestral, suite 1955
47 Stravinsky, Igor Petrushka Ballet score 1911
46 Sculthorpe, Peter Small Town Ensemble 1976
45 Edwards, Ross Violin Concerto (Maninyas) Concerto for Violin 1988
44 Rachmaninoff, Sergei Symphony No. 2 Symphony 1907
43 Glass, Philip Violin Concerto No. 1 Concerto for violin 1987
42 Bartók, Béla Concerto for Orchestra Concerto for various instruments 1943
41 Messiaen, Olivier Quartet for the End of Time Chamber 1941
40 Strauss, Richard Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) Opera, comic 1911
39 Kats-Chernin, Elena Wild Swans Ballet score 2002
38 Prokofiev, Sergei Peter and the Wolf Orchestral, with narrator 1936
37 Ravel, Maurice String Quartet in F major Chamber, string quartet 1903
36 Morricone, Ennio The Mission Film soundtrack 1986
35 Stravinsky, Igor The Firebird (suite) Ballet score 1910
34 Debussy, Claude La mer (The sea) Orchestral 1905
33 Mahler, Gustav Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) Orchestral, with voice 1909
32 Copland, Aaron Fanfare for the Common Man Fanfare, brass and percussion 1942
31 Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 5 in D minor Symphony 1937
30 Sibelius, Jean Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major Symphony 1915
29 Westlake, Nigel Antarctica Film soundtrack, suite 1992
28 Puccini, Giacomo Tosca Opera 1899
27 Sibelius, Jean Symphony No. 2 in D major Symphony 1902
26 Khachaturian, Aram Spartacus Ballet score 1954
25 Mahler, Gustav Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor Symphony 1902
24 Gershwin, George Porgy and Bess Opera 1935
23 Sibelius, Jean Violin Concerto in D minor Concerto for violin 1904
22 Rachmaninoff, Sergei Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor Orchestral, with piano 1934
21 Elgar, Edward Pomp and Circumstance March (No. 1 in D major) Orchestral, march 1901
20 Ravel, Maurice Boléro Orchestral 1928
19 Rachmaninoff, Sergei Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Concerto for piano 1909
18 Copland, Aaron Appalachian Spring Orchestral, suite 1944
17 Puccini, Giacomo Madama Butterfly[d] Opera 1904
16 Pärt, Arvo Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the mirror) Tintinnabular (piano and violin) 1978
15 Sibelius, Jean Finlandia Symphonic poem, with voice 1900
14 Górecki, Henryk Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) Symphony, with voice 1976
13 Bernstein, Leonard West Side Story[e] Musical 1957
12 Vaughan Williams, Ralph Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis String orchestra, fantasia 1910
11 Strauss, Richard Four Last Songs Orchestral, with soprano 1948
10 Prokofiev, Sergei Romeo and Juliet[f] Ballet score 1935
9 Stravinsky, Igor The Rite of Spring Ballet score 1913
8 Orff, Carl Carmina Burana Choral, scenic cantata 1936
7 Barber, Samuel Adagio for Strings String orchestra 1936
6 Rodrigo, Joaquín Concierto de Aranjuez Orchestral, with guitar 1939
5 Rachmaninoff, Sergei Piano Concerto No. 2 Concerto for piano 1901
4 Vaughan Williams, Ralph The Lark Ascending Violin and piano 1914
3 Gershwin, George Rhapsody in Blue Orchestral, with piano 1924
2 Holst, Gustav The Planets[g] Orchestral, suite 1916
1 Elgar, Edward Cello Concerto in E minor Concerto for cello 1919

Results ranked by year[edit]

Classic FM Twentieth Century Countdown—ranking by year (with linear trend line)

Programming[edit]

For more information about the works broadcast (including performers and recording details), see ABC Classic FM's programming notes:

By composer[edit]

The following 48 composers were featured in the countdown:

Composer Nationality Works in countdown
Adams, John American 1
Addinsell, Richard British 1
Barber, Samuel American 2
Bartók, Béla Hungarian 1
Bernstein, Leonard American 2
Britten, Benjamin British 5
Canteloube, Joseph French 1
Copland, Aaron American 2
Debussy, Claude French 2
Edwards, Ross Australian 2
Elgar, Edward British 5
Gershwin, George American 4
Glass, Philip American 2
Górecki, Henryk Polish 1
Grainger, Percy Australian 1
Holst, Gustav British 1
Jenkins, Karl British 1
Kats-Chernin, Elena Australian 1
Khachaturian, Aram Armenian 1
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang Austro-Hungarian 1
Lehár, Franz Austro-Hungarian 1
Lloyd Webber, Andrew British 1
Mahler, Gustav Austrian 6
Messiaen, Olivier French 2
Morricone, Ennio Italian 1
O'Boyle, Sean Australian 1
Orff, Carl German 1
Parry, Sir Hubert British 1
Pärt, Arvo Estonian 2
Prokofiev, Sergei Russian 4
Puccini, Giacomo Italian 3
Rachmaninoff, Sergei Russian 5
Ramírez, Ariel Argentine 1
Ravel, Maurice French 5
Respighi, Ottorino Italian 2
Rodrigo, Joaquín Spanish 1
Schoenberg, Arnold Austrian 1
Sculthorpe, Peter Australian 2
Shore, Howard Canadian 1
Shostakovich, Dmitri Russian 4
Sibelius, Jean Finnish 5
Strauss, Richard German 3
Stravinsky, Igor Russian 3
Tavener, John British 1
Vaughan Williams, Ralph British 3
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Brazilian 1
Weill, Kurt German 1
Westlake, Nigel Australian 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Music broadcast for number 67: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair and The Sunken Cathedral.
  2. ^ Music broadcast for number 55: Baïlèro, Brezairola, Oi ayai, and La delaïssádo.
  3. ^ Music broadcast for number 53: Suite 2.
  4. ^ Music broadcast for number 17: Act 1.
  5. ^ Music broadcast for number 13: Act 1.
  6. ^ Music broadcast for number 10: Act 1.
  7. ^ Music broadcast for number 2: Mercury.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Classic 100 Twentieth Century". ABC Classic FM. October 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Countdown list". ABC Classic FM. October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 

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