Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music!

During the 2022 men’s Football World Cup I ran a thing that looked simple but was actually a bit epic:

Each team in each game of round one of the football World Cup represented by a short piece of music from the country, matched up like they were the games and you picked the winners…

Not the World Cup involved finding 110 short pieces of music from 32 countries, written by 107 composers. There were many exciting new discoveries for me and the whole thing was described as a ‘glorious celebration of classical music and world music’

All of the pieces of music are here!

Round 1:

8 groups, 4 ‘teams’ – countries, 3 pieces of music each, 12 games in each group!

GROUP A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Group B: England, Iran, Wales, USA

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic

Round 2:

Games 1 & 2: Senegal & USA; Mexico & Australia

Games 3 & 4: France vs Argentina; Wales vs Ecuador

Games 5 & 6: Costa Rica & Belgium; Brazil & Korea

Games 7 & 8: Morocco & Germany; Portugal & Cameroon

Quarter Finals

Coasta Rica & Korea; USA & Mexico

France & Ecuador; Germany & Cameroon

Semi finals

Coasta Rica & Mexico

France & Germany


Mexico & Germany

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