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Spirit of 76 Countdown Results

Welcome to the Spirit of 76 Countdown!

We're celebrating 76 years of WRTI by playing the top 76 pieces of classical music, as voted on by our listeners, from No. 76 to No. 1.

The Countdown is happening over five days, April 24-26 and April 29-30. Each day, the Countdown will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at approximately 5:45 p.m. We'll be pausing the Countdown over the weekend, on April 27 and 28 — but be sure to tune in for a special edition of Sunday Classical hosted by Dave Tarantino from 3-6 p.m. on April 28, which includes "near misses," an amazing group of pieces that were only a few votes shy of making the top 76.

This page will be updated with the Spirit of 76 Countdown entries as they play. More information about the pieces, performers and recordings can be found on WRTI's classical playlist page.

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WRTI Spirit of 76 Countdown Results

(This list will be updated as each piece is played on the air. Keep checking back, and keep listening, to see what YOU chose as the top 76 pieces of classical music.)

76. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

75. Puccini: Nessun Dorma from Turandot

74. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

73. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

72. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

71. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

70. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

69. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)

68. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

67. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

66. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring ("Jesus bleibet meine Freude"), BWV 147

65. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

64. Respighi: Pines of Rome

63. Delibes: Dome epais, le jasmin (Flower Duet) from Lakme

62. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, "Trout"

61. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

60. Bernstein: West Side Story

59. Satie: Three Gymnopedies

58. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"

57. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

56. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

55. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

54. Pachelbel: Canon in D

53. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

52. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49

51. Handel: Water Music

50. Bizet: Au fond du temple saint from The Pearl Fishers

49. Stravinsky: The Firebird

48. Jenkins: Benedictus from The Armed Man

47. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

46. Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

45. Copland: Rodeo

44. Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23

43. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

42. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

41. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

40. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

39. Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

38. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight"

37. Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

36. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

35. Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan"

34. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

33. Verdi: Requiem

32. Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26

31. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

30. Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma Variations)

29. Fauré: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48

28. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

27. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

26. Wagner: The Ring Cycle

25. Debussy: Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

24. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"

23. Ravel: Bolero

22. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

21. Orff: Carmina Burana

20. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626

19. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

18. Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

17. Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, "Organ"

16. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

15. Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45

14. Smetana: The Moldau (from Ma Vlast)

13. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

12. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

11. Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

10. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"

9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

8. Barber: Adagio for Strings

7. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)

6. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

5. Copland: Appalachian Spring

4. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

2. Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"

1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125