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Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is the first segment of Fantasia.

Synopsis

Fantasia begins immediately (there are no opening credits or logos of any sort) with the curtains being opened to reveal an orchestra stand. Musicians are seen ascending the stand, taking their places, and tuning their instruments. Master of ceremonies Deems Taylor arrives and delivers an introduction to the film. Stokowski appears and begins conducting the first strains of his own orchestration of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach (originally written for solo organ).

The first third of the Toccata and Fugue is in live-action, and features an orchestra playing the piece, illuminated by abstract light patterns set in time to the music and backed by stylized (and superimposed) shadows. The first few parts of the piece are played in each of the three sound channels (first the right, then the left, then the middle, then all of them) as a demonstration of Fantasound. The number segues into an abstract animation piece—a first for the Disney studio—set in time to the music. Toccata and Fugue was inspired primarily by the work of German abstract animator Oskar Fischinger, who worked for a brief time on this segment. The animation segues back into the live-action footage of Stokowski as the piece concludes, setting the precedent for the rest of the musical numbers.

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

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Media
Fantasia | Fantasia 2000 | Video game | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance | Disney Infinity | Fantasia: Music Evolved | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | Night on Bald Mountain | Once Upon a Time | Video
Disney Parks

Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Disney Animation Building | Fantasia Carousel | Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf | Fantasy Gardens | Primeval World | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | The Sorcerer's Hat | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Fantasmic! | Le Livre Magique de Mickey | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magical Map | Villains Tonight! | World of Color
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Halloween: Celebrate the Magic | Happy Hallowishes | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night

Characters
Mickey Mouse | Donald Duck | Daisy Duck | Yen Sid | Chernabog | Chernabog's minions | Magic Brooms | Tyrannosaurus Rex | Stegosaurus | Triceratops | Pteranodon | Gryposaurus | Corythosaurus | Apatosaurus | Diplodocus | Ornithomimus | Brachiosaurus | Ceratosaurus | Psittacosaurus | Kannemeyeria | Edmontosaurus | Dimorphodon | Parasaurolophus | Dimetrodon | Placochelys | Tylosaurus | Plateosaurus | Ankylosaurus | Compsognathus | Archaeopteryx | Troodon | Oviraptor | Bacchus | Jacchus | Centaurs | Centaurettes | Melinda | Brudus | Iris | Morpheus | Diana | Zeus | Apollo | Vulcan | Madame Upanova and her ostriches | Hyacinth Hippo and her hippos | Elephanchine and her elephants | Ben Ali Gator and his alligators | Colorful Triangles | Black Triangles | Humpback Whales | Fish | Duke | Rachel | Flying John | Killjoy Margaret | Joe | Elizabeth | Tin Soldier | Ballerina | Jack-in-the-Box | Yo Yo Flamingo | Snooty Flamingos | Noah | Spring Sprite | The Elk | Firebird | Boreas | Mother Pegasus | Father Pegasus | Pegasi Siblings | Young Pegasus | Cherubs | Centaurs | Satyrs | Unicorns | Sugar Plum Fairies | Nutcracker Suite dancers | Seagulls | Dancing Thistles
Deleted Concepts/Characters
Unused Fantasia Segments | Clair de Lune | Sunflower | Otika | Egret Couple | Naiads
Segments
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor | Nutcracker Suite | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Rite of Spring | The Pastoral Symphony | Dance of the Hours | Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria | Symphony No. 5 | Pines of Rome | Rhapsody in Blue | Piano Concerto No. 2 | The Carnival of the Animals | Pomp and Circumstance | The Firebird Suite
Shorts from the Unfinished Third Fantasia
Destino | The Little Matchgirl | One by One | Lorenzo
Locations
Yen Sid's Tower | Bald Mountain | New York City | Prehistory
See Also
Sorcerer Hat

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