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Dec. 24, 2003

2003 KSUI Desert Island Poll Results Announced

If you were going to be marooned on the mythical desert island (the one with the great audio system), which three classical works would you take? That's the question posed every year to listeners of KSUI, 91.7 FM, the University of Iowa's classical music and cultural radio station. For the second year in a row, KSUI listeners have voted for their favorites.

As in last year's poll, hundreds of works were nominated, but about 20 stood out from the pack. The result were broadcast on the Barney Sherman's "Afternoon Program" during the first three weeks of December, and are posted (along with recommendations of recordings) on KSUI's Web site,

Here are the 21 winners of the 2003 poll; the number in parentheses tells how the piece ranked in last year's poll:

1. Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (1)
2. Bach - Mass in B minor (3)
3. Brahms - Symphony No. 2 (new to list)
4. Mozart - Requiem (8)
5. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 (2)
6. TIE: Dvorak - Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (5)
6. TIE: Mozart - Clarinet Concerto (4)
8. Copland - Appalachian Spring (6)
9. Handel - Messiah (20)
10. Barber - Adagio (14)
11. Beethoven - "Emperor" Concerto (13)
12. Bach - Goldberg Variations (11)
13. Pachelbel - Canon (16)
14. Brahms - Violin Concerto (new to list)
15. Mahler - Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (12)
16. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 (new to list)
17. Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 132 (new to list)
18. Haydn - The Creation (new to list)
19. Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2 (new to list)
20. Beethoven - For Elise (new to list)
21. Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 (new to list)

Analyzing the overall voting, Sherman found that KSUI listeners favored Beethoven above all other composers --- as they did last year. Also repeating last year's pattern, Bach, Brahms and Mozart came in about even for second place.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Barney Sherman, KSUI, 319-335-5730