Okay, holy fajoli. There were 5 of these match-ups that stayed close for a long time, but one in particular came down to the last minutes. Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique barely edged out Mozart’s Requiem. And when I say barely, I mean barely:
This match-up went back and forth this entire weekend. There were times I thought Mozart had it, and then Berlioz would take it right back. Two completely different pieces as well.
So that was one “upset”.
The other came with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue beating out Copland’s Appalachian Spring. This one was close for a while and then Gershwin slowly but surely opened up the gap to take down the #2 seed by only 247 votes. (and yes, I do hear how nerdy I sound right now)
Here’s how everything else shook down, with the percentages representing the winner’s percentage of votes:
Stravinsky over Haydn 87.73%
Mussorgsky over Bruckner 81.76%
Beethoven over Grieg 79.79%
Holst over Rachmaninoff 73.08%
Dvorak over Bernstein 71.05%
Barber over Prokofiev 68.75%
Mahler over Brahms 68.09%
Tchaikovsky over Sibelius 66.04%
Respighi over Bartok 64.09%
Shostakovich over Wagner 63.72%
Bach over Debussy 60.57%
Rimsky-Korsakov over Handel 60.73%
Orff over Verdi 54.20%
Gershwin over Copland 53.57%
Elgar over R. Strauss 52.14%
Berlioz over Mozart 50.15%
So now, you get to vote on the next round starting Monday morning at 5:00 am. This voting will last all the way until Friday March 28th at 11:00 pm EST. Here are the orchestral pieces left and who they will be matched up against in this next round. If you thought that last round was hard to vote on:
Beethoven’s Symphony 9 vs. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture
Respighi’s The Pines of Romes vs. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique vs. Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Dvorak’s Symphony 9 vs. Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor vs. Barber’s Adagio for Strings
Orff’s Carmina Burana vs. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade
Holst’s The Planets vs. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
Shostakovich’s Symphony 5 vs. Mahler’s Symphony 2
I highly encourage going back and listening to these pieces again if you have not done so for a while.
Have fun, good lord.