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Classical Countdown

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Continuing a favorite holiday tradition, WQXR is celebrating the final hours of 2009 with the results of the Classical Countdown.

Throughout the month of December, we asked listeners to vote for 50 favorite pieces of classical music. More than 1,100 of you took our survey and many of you wrote in with suggestions of your own.

Beginning at 9AM on December 30 and continuing until midnight on December 31, we will count down this list, saving the most popular piece for last.

The Countdown will necessitate two changes in our regular programming. Symphony Hall and Exploring Music will be preempted on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. However, the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase and the New York Philharmonic will be broadcast at their regular times.

Here is the full list:

1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

2. Dvorak: New World Symphony

3. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto

4. Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-flat

5. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

6. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

7. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

8. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

9. Barber: Adagio for Strings

10. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

11. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

12. Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C-minor

13. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B-minor

14. Rimsky-Korsikov: Scheherezade Op. 35

15. Mozart: Requiem in D-minor

16. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

17. Schubert: Trout Quintet

18. Copland: Appalacian Spring

19. Beethoven: Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 61

20. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

21. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

22. Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 35

23. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

24. Smetana: The Moldau

25. Dvorak: Cello Concerto

26. Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique

27. Mahler: Symphony No. 2

28. Elgar: Enigma Variations

29. Wagner: Gotterdammerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

30. Vaughan Williams: Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis

31. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B-minor

32. Mahler: Symphony No. 1

33. Vivaldi: Four Seasons

34. Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78

35. Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D Major

36. Bach: Goldberg Variations

37. Stravinsky: The Rites of Spring

38. Brahms: Violin Concerto

39. Faure: Requiem

40. Orff: Carmina Burana

41. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

42. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

43. Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano No. 3

44. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

45. Puccini: Madame Butterfly

46. Chopin: Polonaise in A flat, "Heroic"

47. Debussy: La Mer

48. Brahms: Symphony No. 4

49. Brahms: Concerto for Piano No. 2

50. Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E Minor, Op. 85

Click here for more details on the pieces being played today and here for more information of what was played yesterday during the first day of the Countdown.