1812 OVERTURE: THE UK'S MOST POPULAR PIECE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Apr 04, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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It is arguably one of the most recognizable pieces of Classical music ever written.
Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” has just been voted the most popular piece of classical music in the United Kingdom.

The composer famously said it was “very loud and noisy and completely without artistic merit, obviously written without warmth or love”.  But listeners to “Classic FM” in Great Britain have overruled him, putting it at the top of the station’s Hall of Fame.

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 remained in second place.

Last year’s winner, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” fell to third place.

This year’s survey attracted 120,000 audience votes.

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