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The Hall of the Shame

Mon May 19 2014

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Over the last few weeks absolutely loads of you have been in touch to tell us your most hated classical pieces.  And we weren’t exempt, with one person arguing this ”doesn’t achieve anything. Just more nauseating PR”, I think it’s safe to assume we made his hall of shame. We had a great laugh hearing some of your responses and have put together the definitive list.  So get your ear plugs at the ready, here’s you top ten most hated classical pieces.

10) Pomp and circumstance – Elgar

9)  1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky

8) Requiem – Mozart

7) Symphony No. 9 – Beethoven

6) Piano concerto No.2 – Rachmaninov

5) Spiegel im Spiegel – Arvo Pärt

4) Für Elise – Beethoven

3) Bolero – Ravel

2) Canon in D – Pachelbel

1) The Lark Ascending – Vaughan Williams

At the time of its release William Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata would have ranked highly in a certain radio station’s Hall of Fame (if it had been around), however, later more prudish times might have had it rated quite highly on this list instead, with audiences disgusted at the rather rude nature of the words.  We like it though (but we’re like that).  You can hear Boyce’s work, alongside music from Handel in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall.







  • This is just a list compiled by hipsters and snobs of popular or illustrious pieces.

    Anything by Handel, most stuff before Beethoven, most modern stuff gets my vote.

    Dave Mon May 19 2014
  • What, no Eine Kleine Nachtmusik???

    G Limor Mon May 19 2014
  • I would travel a long way not to hear Pictures at an Exhibition

    Jill Davies Tue May 20 2014