Holst’s The Planets officially wins the Orchestral March Madness. 64 pieces started the brackets, but this piece dominated every round, winning by almost the highest margin of votes every time. In the final round it beat out The Rite of Spring with 58.28% of the votes. Here is the percentage of votes that The Planets received for every round:
Beat El Amor Brujo with 91.62% of the votes.
Beat Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with 73.08%.
Beat Pictures at an Exhibition with 64.43%.
Beat Mahler’s Symphony #2 with 65.37%.
Beat Scheherazade with 67.05%.
Beat The Rite of Spring with 58.28%.
In other words, The Planets handled all of these pretty mightily.
One other thing to think about- I’ve also done March Madness brackets the past few years with Wind Band pieces and Best Wind Band composer. Do you know who won both of those? Freaking Holst! He has won all three years (First Suite in Eb was the wind band piece). Might it be time to think of him as one of the top five composers ever? Why not? What would the argument be against that? I want to know, so let me know in the comments of this post.
Finally, thanks for playing along. I hope you had fun and that you were able to discover some new pieces along the way. I know I’ve re-discovered some great ones that I haven’t listened to in a while. We should have a new bracket next year, perhaps with some play in rounds that will help tighten the competition. Until then be sure to check back at www.tonedeafcomics.com for new music comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thanks for reading and have a great day!