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Guatemala almost buries Beethoven again; saves classical radio station

Faro Radio, Guatemala’s classical radio station (104.5 FM), recently faced going dark, so the signal resorted to a desperate gambit. It announced that it would bury the composer Ludwig von Beethoven yet again (he last died in March of 1827). The Adland Commercial Archive blog explains: “In Guatemala, when a person passes away, you express […]

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UK radio fans vote Lark Ascending #1 classical tune; Guardian dissents

United Kingdom classical radio station Classic FM has released its latest composer popularity poll, and British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams’ violin meditation The Lark Ascending is the top listener choice. It bumped Rachamaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto down to second place. Kerry Andrew of the UK Guardian dissents: “So what does it say about us as […]

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Beethoven slams NYC radio classical countdown

Remember “Roll Over Beethoven”? It appears that Chuck Berry misunderestimated the Romantic German composer. Classical radio station WQXR-FM in New York City has published the results of its annual listener survey, which consists of one question: “What is your favorite piece of classical music?” The responses were ranked down to the 105th favorite. Looking at […]

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