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Modernistfan
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KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Post by Modernistfan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:25 pm

Well, KUSC-FM is running its "Top 100" again and voting is now open. You can make up to five selections, and they may be the same piece or multiple pieces. I have not given up the protest against their boring, blah, wimpy programming, and am using all five selections to write in Stockhausen's "Gruppen." Voting ends April 7, and I shall see if this can get this radical piece on their "Top 100" list along Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," the Pachelbel Canon, and Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik." I invite anyone to join me in trying to upset their expectations. Remember, as they used to say in Boston, "Vote often and early for James Michael Curley!"

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Re: KUSC's "Top 100" Again

Post by Modernistfan » Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm

Well, the KUSC "Top 100" has been announced, and here it is:
​1. Beethoven: Symphony #9
2. Beethoven: Symphony #5
3. Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World”
4. Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral”
5. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
6. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
7. Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody
8. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
9. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor“
10. Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”
11. Vivaldi: Four Seasons
12. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
13. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2
14. Beethoven: Symphony #7
15. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
16. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
17. Mozart: Symphony #40
18. Copland: Appalachian Spring
19. Holst: The Planets
20. Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasy
21. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in d minor
22. Barber: Adagio for Strings
23. Mozart: Requiem
24. Handel: Water Music
25. Handel: Messiah
26. Debussy: Clair de Lune
27. Massenet: Thais: Meditation
28. Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances
29. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1
30. Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
31. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 “Moonlight”
32. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 “Organ”
33. Williams: Theme from “Schindler’s List”
34. Grieg: Piano Concerto
35. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
36. Williams: Theme from “Star Wars”
37. Beethoven: Violin Concerto
38. Smetana: The Moldau
39. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
40. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
41. Bernstein: Candide Overture
42. Orff: Carmina Burana
43. Ravel: Bolero
44. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
45. Berlioz: Requiem
46. Mendelssohn, Felix: Midsummer Night’s Dream
47. Rossini: Thieving Magpie Overture
48. Beethoven: Symphony #3 “Eroica”
49. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
50. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
51. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21
52. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
53. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
54. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
55. Elgar: Enigma Variations
56. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
57. Sibelius: Finlandia
58. Pachelbel: Canon
59. Bizet: Carmen
60. Mozart: Magic Flute
61. Beethoven: Fur Elise
62. Grieg: Peer Gynt
63. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
64. Shostakovich: Jazz Suite: Waltz
65. Bach: Mass in b minor
66. Mendelssohn, Felix: Violin Concerto
67. Mahler: Symphony #1
68. Morricone: Cinema Paradiso: The Love Theme
69. Bruch: Violin Concerto #1
70. Khachaturian: Spartacus: Adagio
71. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 “Pathetique”
72. Bach: Cello Suite #1
73. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1
74. Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium
75. Satie: Gymnopedies
76. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
77. Dvorak: Cello Concerto
78. Mozart: Symphony #39
79. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze
80. Shore: Lord of the Rings
81. Gershwin: An American in Paris
82. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3
83. Bach: Goldberg Variations
84. Williams: Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
85. Albinoni: Adagio in g minor
86. Bach: Air on the G String
87. Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
88. Williams: Theme from “Jurassic Park”
89. Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite
90. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins
91. Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
92. Rossini: William Tell: Overture
93. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 “American”
94. Brahms: Symphony #4
95. Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet
96. Schubert: “Trout” Quintet
97. Brahms: German Requiem
98. Stravinsky: The Firebird
99. Khachaturian: Masquerade: Waltz
100. Chopin: Piano Concerto #2
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This is, again, pretty dispiriting. The only Prokofiev was "Romeo and Juliet," of which they only play small snippets. The only Shostakovich was the waltz from the "Jazz Suite No. 2"; they never bother to play the whole thing in its entirety (apparently, it was used in Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut.") The only Stravinsky was "The Firebird" (again, only played in small snippets). No Bartok, Hindemith, Britten, Walton, Bruckner, or even Richard Strauss. The only Mahler was Symphony No. 1, again, never played in its entirety. Of course, no real contemporary music, unless you want to count Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" (not really a bad choice). No works by female composers (not even Fanny Mendelssohn or Clara Schumann). Very few works by American composers beyond the obvious or film music. No works by Latin-American composers or any composers of color of any national origin.
Of course, we know where all my votes for Stockhausen's "Gruppen" went (the good news is that I won't wind up in Siberia).

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