Saturday Morning Cartoons: A 'Fantasia' Fugue

Saturday, July 21, 2012

For this week’s Saturday Morning Cartoon, we offer J.S. Bach's well-known Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565. Leopold Stokowski’s orchestration of this organ work is featured in Walt Disney’s 1940 animated masterpiece "Fantasia."

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

In the 1960s maestro LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI, "Stokie", was invited to return as THE maestro again for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He had been conducting the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the invitation excited him. I was performing in Houston at the time and he advised me through his friend Natasha to prepare the role of Waldemar in Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder to audition that role with him at his home in New York in an apartment house across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My rendition met with his approval. But the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra regarded the Gurre-Lieder as too ambitious financially. Disappointed he told them Gurre-Lieder or nothing. They did not relent. He returned to conducting the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, he should have capitulated to return in triumph to the Philadelphia Orchestra. His apartment in New York, with a view of the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contained the gong and other items from his film Fantasia and many African sculptures and artifacts of his wide-ranging, geographically and musically, career. His charisma was SO much Hollywood that when he was conducting an orchestra the sound seemed to glow with an aura unique to him. Toscanini, Beecham and Stokowski had that special "presence" which communicated to their audiences. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer [ "Shakespeare"and "The Political Shakespeare], and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My singing may be heard at the RECORDED SELECTIONS venue on my website www.WagnerOpera.com in 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sang in four three-hour-long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of CARNEGIE HALL. On last Sunday October 27th at 5 PM, at the NEWLIFE EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel I sang my fourth concert in New York of the series "The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies, and The Grammys." The 300 Love Songs on ten DVDs recorded live on the VALHALLA RECORDS label will be obtainable commercially on February 14th, 2014, Saint Valentine's Day.

Nov. 08 2013 09:26 PM
Cathy Loewenstein from Babylon, New York

I love J S Bach. How could such magic come from one mind.

Jul. 22 2012 08:20 AM

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