On the Vienna New Year's Concerts of this century, how was it decided what pieces of music are performed? Does the conductor of the year simply decide on his own after he is chosen? Or do candidate conductors have to send an election statement containing the program in advance, and the conductors are chosen after viewing that? Or perhaps there is program writer separate from the conductor for this?

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The female speaker from the Austrian broadcast station said this year, that Mariss Jansons decided, which pieces to perform after studying hundreds of scores. While this leaves open, whether he did this before being elected or afterwards, I can't imagine him spending an effort like this into the blue.

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