Remember this week's election? The votes are in, and so is the fix—WCRB has announced Boston's Top 100 Classical Pieces, and surprise, surprise: nary a living composer to be found. Here's the first 40:
I'll be charitable on the quaint Victorian transliteration of "Rimsky-Korsakov", but "Musorgsky"? "Copeland"? Really? And including both Appalachian Spring and "Variations on a Shaker Theme" is rather gilding the lily, isn't it? They even screwed up my name:
Even auf Deutsch it's two T's. On the other hand, there's some interesting musicology going on at the WCRB compound:
Tchaikovsky's 35th Symphony, eh? I'd send both that and the Mozart to Pristine Audio and see what they think.
This thing stinks to high heaven, though. No vote counts, no list of nominees, just a corporate fiat with a bunch of very suspiciously familiar characters on it. Thanks to everyone who threw away a vote, if only to prove a point. Pride goeth before a fall, WCRB—you just lost this music lover. Nice work.
Update (3/5): Either accidentally or purposefully, WCRB did use a proper transliterated version of what's usually seen in the U.S. as "Mussorgsky." See comments.
Update (3/6): Nope, it was a typo. Now that they've fixed most of them, "Mussorgsky" it is.