Video game soundtracks are bringing classical music to new generation

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll .

From The Telegraph:

Soundtracks to video games have brought a younger generation to classical music, a new poll of the nation’s favourite pieces suggests.

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300.
More than 200,000 votes were cast in the latest annual poll, with Ralph Vaughn William’s The Lark Ascending topping the vote for a second year.

John Suchet, a weekday DJ on the classical music station, said: “Twenty years after the very first Classic FM Hall of Fame countdown, I’m delighted that we’ve attracted so many votes for our chart.

“What I find truly exciting is the continued increase in a younger audience for classical music – I didn’t expect to be thanking the video game industry for introducing the genre to a new generation of people, but it’s wonderful.”

The Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015 Top 20:

  1. Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
  2. Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2
  3. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  4. Elgar – Enigma Variations
  5. Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 (‘Emperor’)
  6. Allegri – Miserere
  7. Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (‘Choral’)
  8. Mozart – Clarinet Concerto
  9. Uematsu – Final Fantasy
  10. Beethoven – Symphony No.6 (‘Pastoral’)
  11. Soule – The Elder Scrolls
  12. Holst – The Planets
  13. Kirkhope – Banjo Kazooie
  14. Elgar – Cello Concerto
  15. Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
  16. Barber – Adagio for Strings
  17. Pachelbel – Canon
  18. Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
  19. Jenkins – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
  20. Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 (‘From the New World’)