Andante in C major for Flute & Orchestra Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Download 'Andante in C major for Flute & Orchestra' on iTunes
Sacred or secular, it's hard not to be moved by a rousing performance of a vocal work sung from the heart. Not sure how to vote in this year's Hall of Fame? Have a look at your top ten vocal works from the 2012 chart.
10. One of Mealor’s four entries into the 2012 Hall of Fame, and his third in the top ten vocal works. He was crowned as your favourite living composer last year, bursting onto the scene as choral singing increases in popularity across the nation.
9. On 29 April 2011, this beautiful piece was premiered at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and watched by 24.5 million people in the UK alone. A handful of those viewers adopted the piece as their favourite piece of classical music, and it shot into the Hall of Fame at No. 74.
8. You may recognise the swelling strings of Zadok the Priest, but it’s only one of the four Coronation Anthems composed by Handel in 1827. Together, Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, The King Shall Rejoice, and My Heart Is Inditing are in at No. 65 in the overall chart – and the eighth most popular vocal work.
7. It’s easy to see why this is a choral favourite – drama, joy, poignancy, and religious fervor, all packed into Mozart’s 46 bar motet. In at number 63, it’s one of the shortest pieces in the top 300.
6. The first Requiem Mass setting in the top ten most popular vocal pieces, this time by French composer Gabriel Fauré. The angelic In Paradisum and soaring Pie Jesu are just two highlights from the 1888 work, and as a result you voted it as No. 25 in last year’s chart.
5. Mozart’s most popular vocal piece, in at No. 22 in the 2012 Hall of Fame, should perhaps count as a joint entry – after all, it was completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr. It’s his only moment of glory in the chart, although it’s not known quite how much of the work was completed before Mozart died.
4. Hallelujah! Handel celebrates a place in the top ten vocal works with his weighty oratorio, Messiah. Staking its claim at No. 21 in last year’s Hall of Fame, it’s the highest of the composer’s seven entries in the top 300.
3. One of the oldest works in the Hall of Fame, Allegri's Renaissance choral masterpiece charted at No. 13 in 2012. Written around 1630, the haunting music was only permitted to be performed in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, until it was transcribed by Mozart when the 14-year-old composer visited the city.
2. Moving up two places from the 2011 chart, Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace came in at No. 12 last year. You might think the breathtaking Benedictus alone is enough to warrant its success in the vocal category, but the beautiful combination of religious and secular text sets this piece apart as one of the 21st Century’s ground-breaking compositions.
1. One of only two secular entries into the vocal top ten, and the third entry for British composer Paul Mealor. Wherever You Are shot to the top of the classical and pop charts as Christmas No. 1 in 2011, performed by the Military Wives Choir – it was the highest new entry in the 2012 Hall of Fame chart, storming into fifth place.