Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

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Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Post by Modernistfan » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:42 pm

KUSC-FM, the Los Angeles classical radio station that I love to hate, is having a Top 100 Countdown. I would love to get back at them for their programming, and you can vote for three selections once a day. There is a list of the usual suspects (for their programming), including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the Pachelbel Canon, the Four Seasons, and so forth, but it is possible to write in selections. I have picked, more or less at random, three modern works, and shall vote for them every day until April 24 (I think) on two different computers. The works are Pierre Boulez's "Le Marteau Sans Maitre," Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Gruppen," and the Hans Werner Henze Symphony No. 7. I would like those of us on CMG who appreciate modern music and can't stand their wimpy programming to go to their website and write in these three selections. (There are multiple recordings readily available of each of these works.) They would bust a gut if those works finished in the Top 100 and they actually had to play them (I suspect, however, that those works would not be played no matter how many votes were written in for them; as I have commented previously, their record for transparency is not, shall we say, outstanding).

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Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

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Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Post by Modernistfan » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:32 am

As they used to say in Boston: "Vote often and early for James Michael Curley!" Many years ago, in the fan voting for the National League in the baseball All-Star Game, the Cincinnati fans managed to stack the voting so that, for the eight position players (the pitchers were chosen by the manager), there were seven Reds players and Stan Musial. Go to it!

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Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Post by Modernistfan » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:20 pm

Well, all the votes are in and (supposedly) counted and the Top 100 have been posted. Here they are:
​100. Williams: Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

99. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #8 “Pathetique”

98. Rossini: William Tell: Overture

97. Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess

96. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

95. Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

94. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

93. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

92. Borodin: Polovetsian Dances

91. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

90. Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

89. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

88. Chopin: Piano Concerto #1

87. Morricone: The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

86. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

85. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4

84. Copland: Hoe Down

83. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6

82. Stravinsky: The Firebird

81. Khachaturian: Spartacus: Adagio

80. Sibelius: Symphony #2

79. Mozart: Symphony #25

78. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

77. Bernstein: West Side Story Symphonic Dances

76. Brahms: Piano Concerto #1

75. Bach: Goldberg Variations

74. Satie: Gymnopedies

73. Anonymous: Romance for Guitar

72. Barry: Theme from “Out of Africa”

71. Wagner: Die Valkure: Ride of the Valkyries

70. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream

69. Bach: Air on the G String

68. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

67. Brahms: Symphony #4

66. Borodin: String Quartet #2: Nocturne

65. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

64. Mozart: Magic Flute

63. Brahms: Symphony #3

62. Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2

61. Bach: Mass in b minor

60. Boccherini: Night Music on the Streets of Madrid

59. Elgar: Enigma Variations

58. Faure: Requiem

57. Handel: Water Music

56. Grieg: Peer Gynt

55. Beethoven: Violin Concerto

54. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

53. Gershwin: An American in Paris

52. Beethoven: Fur Elise

51. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins

50. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro

49. Bizet: Carmen

48. Dvorak: String Quartet #12 “American”

47. Beethoven: Symphony #3 “Eroica”

46. Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

45. Williams: Theme from “Star Wars”

44. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #3

43. Schubert: Symphony #8 “Unfinished”

42. Grieg: Piano Concerto

41. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

40. Bach: Cello Suite #1

39. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

38. Ravel: Bolero

37. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

36. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 “Moonlight”

35. Orff: Carmina Burana

34. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

33. Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

32. Smetana: The Moldau

31. Mozart: Symphony #41 “Jupiter”

30. Massenet: Thais: Meditation

29. Copland: Appalachian Spring

28. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

27. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

26. Mozart: Requiem

25. Barber: Adagio for Strings

24. Handel: Messiah

23. Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 “Organ”

22. Mozart: Symphony #40

21. Sibelius: Finlandia

20. Berlioz: Requiem

19. Debussy: Clair de Lune

18. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in d minor

17. Holst: The Planets

16. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

15. Pachelbel: Canon

14. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1

13. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

12. Vivaldi: Four Seasons

11. Rachmaninoff: Paganini Rhapsody

10. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor”

9. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

8. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2

7. Beethoven: Symphony #7

6. Dvorak: Symphony #9 “From the New World”

5. Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasy

4. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

3. Beethoven: Symphony #6 “Pastoral”

2. Beethoven: Symphony #5

1. Beethoven: Symphony #9
Well, as you can see, the Boulez, Stockhausen, and Henze didn't make it. If this is accurate, it is surprising as to how conservative their audience really is, and this in a town that has a long history, going back to the 1940's, of contemporary music. The only Stravinsky was "Firebird"; no "Rite of Spring" in a town where the Los Angeles Philharmonic has played the work very frequently. No Prokofiev, not even "Romeo and Juliet." No Shostakovich, Bartok, or Hindemith. No John Adams, a Los Angeles favorite and a Dudamel favorite.
Well, it's not as bad as trying to write in Trotsky in a Stalinist Russian election circa 1938. That would definitely have been: "See you in Siberia!"

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Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:04 pm

Wow! No Mahler or Bruckner either, in this age of short attention spans. Yikes! I also would have thought John Adams's "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" would have made the list as well, given how often it's played. I've seen it twice on TV, once with Masur/NY Philh. and once with Zinman/Baltimore in the 1987 New Year's concert in Baltimore.

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Re: Let's Screw Up KUSC's Top 100 Countdown!

Post by jbuck919 » Fri May 05, 2017 6:12 pm

O magnum mysterium indeed. Obviously Rosenkavalier made the list before it became known that it put Al Roker to sleep. :roll:

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