3526. “Bach (JS): Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565″ by Hans Christoph Becker-Foss

As performed by Karl Richter:

You can hear 30 seconds of the richer (to my ear, anyways) Becker-Foss version at his Last FM page.

Johann Sebastian Bach has been well represented here at Teatro Triste del Clown. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” is arguably his most famous piece of work – albeit one that more people would be able to recognize than be able to identify.

Written for the organ, it was featured prominently in music for dozens of films, notably Walt Disney’s Fantasia (in this case rescored as an orchestral piece):

Since I admittedly know next to nothing about baroque or classical music, I always like to share some minor contextual information for classical works when appropriate. A toccata is a virtuoso piece that requires especially fast finger work. You can hear this fast finger work very clearly after the famous opening sequence of this piece. A fugue, on the other hand, is a piece with at least two voices that explores a specific musical theme, often playing it in different ways as the piece progresses. You can read a little bit more about which section is the fugue and which is the toccata at Wikipedia. Its not always useless, you know.

Much of the classical/baroque music I have in my library I picked up originally because I wanted to use it as background music in plays. I would probably not use this piece, save for comic effect, because its been used so frequently in popular entertainment as to become almost a cliche.

One of the fun things about this iPod project is that its alphabetical nature frequently forces strange juxtapositions of styles and compositions, as this and the next several pieces demonstrate.


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3526. “Bach (JS): Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565″ by Hans Christoph Becker-Foss — 3 Comments

  1. No matter how cliché its use becomes, it is still one of the fines pieces of music ever created and one of my favorites for sure.

    I recently (in the past year or three) purchased The Best of Sky and the opening track is their unique arrangement of this Master Work which is awesome in its own right aside being a beautiful homage.

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