Inspired by Bach

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The majestic music of Johann Sebastian Bach has enhanced many film scores. The Disney Studio put their powerful spin on Bach's D-minor Toccata and Fugue by combining it with dramatic cartoon imagery in "Fantasia." For "The Beast with Five Fingers," in which a pianist's severed hand continues to play and cause trouble, composer Max Steiner built his score around that same D-minor Toccata.

In some film scores, Bach's themes or style have been integrated into the original score, to intriguing effect, as in Jerry Goldmith's jazzy, dissonant, Bach-influenced music for "The Brotherhood of the Bell." David Garland presents highlights from these and other scores inspired by Bach.