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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bach Goes to the Movies

Bach's music has a universal quality about it. I don't know if playing it to plants makes them grow any faster, but the music is malleable, and can exist in any number of formats. Whether it be performing the Well Tempered on a then non-existent modern grand, or testing some of the longer fugues on an organ, the structural integrity permits the music to survive, and thrive.

And so we come to the odd notion of Bach going to the Movies, and this is where movements or extracts have been used as filler sound for the action on screen. Today's find is a list of such occurrences, from a 1931 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde using the Organ Toccata and Fugue, through to the 2005 Kingdom of Heaven with a well-worn Jesu, meine Freude.

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