Did you hear our competition on the Morning Show today? Regular guest Martin Buzacott, Manager of ABC Classics had prizes on offer for the first three listeners who could name a classical music ‘one hit wonder’… the ‘My Sharona’ of classical composers! You came up with great suggestions… some correct, some not so correct (according to Martin our judge!).

Here are a few others you might or might not have heard of:

Addinsell – Warsaw Concerto

Albinoni – Adagio

Barber – Adagio

Boccherini – Fandango

Jeremiah Clarke – Trumnpet Voluntary

Delibes – Flower Duet from Lakme

Dukas – Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Grofe – Grand Canyon Suite

Holst – The Planets

Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Massenet – Meditation from Thais

Orff – Carmina Burana

Ponchieli – Dance of the Hours

Ravel – Bolero

Waldteufel – Skater’s Waltz

Widor – Toccata

So … thoughts? (Aside from the fact that they can’t spell “trumpet”!) I certainly wouldn’t suggest that Ravel was a one hit sort of guy. But it sounds to me as if they are actually talking about “classical music that made it into commercials or movies”. Hmm?

I read it here.

So what would you offer up as a “one hit wonder”?


  1. I can’t think of a better explanation, but it IS a puzzling question.

    At least they get extra credit for knowing that the ‘trumnpet’ voluntary was by Jeremiah Clarke rather than Henry Purcell…

  2. Will C. White did a fun post on this a little while back: http://www.willcwhite.com/2011/02/top-10-one-hit-wonders/

    I suggested Remo Giazotto, who really deserves Albinoni’s spot after all..

  3. I love the trumnpet, but I’d rather hear an obnoe!

  4. Ooh, thanks, Michael! His list is much better, in my little opinion! I can’t fathom why Ravel would be on a list!