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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Name Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Segment Number One
Runtime 9:30
Music Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Director(s) Samuel Armstrong
Story Development/Research Elmer Plummer

Lee Blair Phil Dike

Art Direction Robert Cormack
Background Painting Joe Stalhey

John Hench Nino Carbe

Animation Supervisor(s) Unknown
Animation Art Palmer

Cornett Wood Cy Young Daniel MacManus Edwin Aardal George Rowley Joshua Meador

Special Camera Effects Oskar Fischinger
Previous Segment N/A
Next Segment Nutcracker Suite
Gallery Toccata and Fugue in D Minor Gallery


Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is the first segment in Fantasia. It is an abstract segment, based on what might run through your mind while listening to the piece.

Plot Edit

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is introduced by Deems Taylor. The first third of the segment is live-action, featuring the orchestra playing the piece as they are illuminated by abstract light patterns. The other two thirds involve abstract images, such as rolling red hills, golden towers, and violin bows.

Credits Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Despite the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded the music for the film (excluding The Sorcerer's Apprentice), they do not appear onscreen; the orchestra used in the film is made up of local Los Angeles musicians and Disney studio employees like James Macdonald and Paul J. Smith, who mime the prerecorded tracks by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Originally, the orchestra was to be in the film, but union and budgetary considerations prevented this from happening.


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