Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (10:00)

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The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach sometime between 1703 and 1707. The attribution of the piece to Bach has been challenged since the early 1980s by a number of scholars, and remains a controversial topic.

It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, to video games, to rock music, and ringtones, including:

In 1940 it was used in the film, ‘Fantasia’ and was played in Leopold Stokowski’s orchestration by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In 1954 It was used in the film, ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ and was played by Captain Nemo (James Mason) on the organ.

In 1965 It was played by Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) on a ‘player’ organ (with his thumbs bandaged) in the movie, ‘The Great Race’.

In 1975 It was the theme in the original film ‘Roller Ball’ with James Caan.

In 2007 it was used in the Ski film “Seven Sunny Days” by Matchstick Productions in the Segment “Whistler Jump”.

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