Saturday, November 14, 2009

And kids' most-loved classical music is...

John Williams' Harry Potter theme, according to a poll by Classic FM in the UK. So, two caveats: British kids mostly, and, in the case of Williams, not really classical, just heavily orchestrated film music. But a good thing nonetheless. I mean, kids + the classics? An unusual combination in these R&B days, you must admit.

Tom Service of The Guardian: “Harry Potter's victory shows that children love lavishly orchestrated music, and that they understand that you can create worlds of magic and mystery with a symphony orchestra.”

But the snob in him couldn't help adding: “[D]oes a film theme really count as classical music?... I don't think that John Williams's astonishingly annoying earworm, the melodic soundtrack to Harry Potter's wizardry, is anywhere near the class of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.”

Ah, Prokofiev. He has three on the list.

1. John Williams Harry Potter
2. Howard Blake Walking in the Air (The Snowman)
3. Sergei Prokofiev Peter's Theme (Peter and the Wolf)
4. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker)
5. Sergei Prokofiev The Duck Scene (Peter and the Wolf)
6. Paul Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Fantasia)
7. Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Op. 39, No. 4 (Fantasia)
8. Johann Pachelbel Canon
9. Sergei Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
10. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee

Here's the “astonishingly annoying earworm” that's otherwise keeping British kids wide-eyed with wonder:

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