View Poll Results: Your most eagerly anticipated Classical Music anniversary

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  • 2009- Mendelssohn bicentennial

    2 7.14%
  • 2009- Haydn- 200th anniv. of passing

    4 14.29%
  • 2009- Handel- 250th anniv. of passing

    4 14.29%
  • 2010- Chopin bicentennial

    3 10.71%
  • 2010- Schumann bicentennial

    1 3.57%
  • 2010- Samuel Barber centennial

    0 0%
  • 2011- Liszt bicentennial

    0 0%
  • 2011- Mahler- 100th anniv. of passing

    7 25.00%
  • 2013- Wagner bicentennial

    6 21.43%
  • 2013- Verdi bicentennial

    1 3.57%
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    Lightbulb Music Anniversaries poll!

    Coming soon to an Orchestra Programming Director near you.

    I've identified 10 significant upcoming Classical Music "anniversaries" (well, actually more than 10- but the poll options limit me). We can surely expect an increased diet of these composers works during the relevant years- so... which one is the one you most eagerly anticipate?
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    Handel. Although he's apart from Bach the most popular baroque composer it's just a handful of his works that get most of the attention. It's changed for the better in the last few decades with his operas and oratoriums other than the Messiah being staged and/or recorded and hopefully the anniversary will also contribute to the revival of his less well known music that deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

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    I agree with jhar's Handel vote and the endorsement for lesser known works. I'd like to see the organ concertos catch on and have a surge of popularity, especially the latter opus numbered set -- I forget the number. Why, oh why did composers wait until the romantic period to start naming pieces with memorable titles?

    Anyway, the organ concertos could make me feel good even if I was just laid off and having a root canal.

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    If you had used the 10th option as 'Other/None of the above', I would have opted for the bicentennial of the premières of Beethoven's 5th and 6th symphonies, the 4th piano concerto, the Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, and a few other bits and pieces, which falls on 22 December, 2008.
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    You skipped 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by some guy View Post
    You skipped 2012.
    No, that's when the world will be destroyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by some guy View Post
    You skipped 2012.
    Not accidentally... but as long as it's been brought up, I will say, as a public service, that 2012 will feature
    The 100th anniversary of the passing of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
    The Flotow bicentennial (revival of Martha, anyone?) [I'm not sneering- maybe Martha's due for a re-appraisal], and of course my greatest single omission-
    The John Cage Centennial.
    Hey, I only had 10 fields...

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    Well, if 2015 were an option (Sibelius 150), I would of course pick that, but I couldn't so I picked Mahler 2011 instead.
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    Another less significant upcoming centennial is the famous riot in Paris (aka: the premiere of The Rite of Spring) in 1913. A year after the supposed apocalypse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    Well, if 2015 were an option (Sibelius 150), I would of course pick that...
    A Sesquicentennial for someone not quite as famous also occurs that year... Glazunov. For a 150th anniversary of comparable renown, there is the Richard Strauss Sesquicentennial in 2014.

    Curious my review through 2013 didn't reveal any 150ths that I felt rated mention in the polling...

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    Wagner-Mahler draw

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    VERDI!!!
    My gateway to opera and eventually the whole slew of classical music.
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    O.K.: I'll weigh in on my own poll. Three finalists for me- taken alphabetically, they're Liszt, Mahler, and Wagner. Now I love, love Mahler's music... but you can't say it's been unchampioned repertoire, especially lately. Liszt, I don't listen to as often, but his works seem more unexamined that Mahler's, so I actually look forward to the Liszt programming more. However, even relatively unexamined LISZT pieces won't dislodge Wagner from pride of place in my reckoning, so (predictably) Wagner it is.

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    torn between Haydn and Handel.

    *clearly* the "h"s have it.

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    Red face More milestones

    2012: Debussy Sesquicentennial
    2013: Britten Centennial...

    And... since Mahler died less than 2 months prior to his 51st birthday, we will have the 2010 Mahler Sesquicentennal leading into the 2011 Mahler 100th Anniversary of Passing. I'm sure that some programmers of an early-Autumn to late-Spring orchestra season would find that a 'natural' (y'know, something like "Mahler on life/Mahler on Death"-- 2010-2011 concert season).

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