Inspired by Bach

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

A scene from Disney's 'Fantasia.' A scene from Disney's 'Fantasia.' (Youtube)

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.

Comments [2]

Fred Honold from Summit NJ

Request. There was a superb piece on around 9:30 pm last night as in Saturday the 16th. It was the sound track from a movie in 1984. Can you kindly share the name. Thank You. PS could not find from 9pm on the playlist.

Mar. 17 2013 08:59 AM
Ivan Pena

The Dario Marianelli score for "Pride & Prejudice" was inspires by Bach

Mar. 16 2013 09:24 PM

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