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Johann Sebastian Bach — Toccata in D minor
Album: E. Power Biggs, Organ
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Total ratings: 1956









Released: 1722
Length: 2:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Not all guitars or guitarists sound the same.  Same goes for organists.  I used to think that Biggs was great...until I heard Olivier play the Notre Dame organ.  Would be nice if RP injected a little diversity in its classical cuts.  
 ppopp wrote:
This Bach dude totally ripped-off ELP on this one.
{#Tongue}
 THAT'S funny! And I"m a huge ELP fan, BTW.

This Bach dude totally ripped-off ELP on this one.
{#Tongue}
There is nothing in life like hearing this on a YUGE massive pipe organ.
"Hey, Marge, remember when we used to make out to this hymn?"

Oh, wait .. That was I.Ron Butterfly...
Brilliant!
Ooh, I do like a mighty organ, missus :o)
My 7 year old nephew playing the Toccata in D minor
Released: 1722 
 mrtuba9 wrote:
 

Superb talent.  Thanks for that, friend.  I wish him well.
Nice, although not as expressive as Olivier Latry‚Äôs version.
My audiophile sound card and studio speakers are loving this sound.....but please play the entire masterpiece.....it has'nt yet numbed my inter ear yet....PLEASE?
Bill and Rebecca: playing only 2:27 of this masterpiece is like fading out Hey Jude just before the Na Na Na Na Na Na chorus at the end! Play it all!  
Amazing composition!
Play the version by Sky!
Hey I wrote this song.
It would be nice to hear the fugue after the toccata.
Very early Rock Music. GODLIKE!!
A band called "Sky" used to play this. John Williams (classical guitarist), Herbie Flowers, Tristan Fry, Francis Monkman, and Kevin Peek.
I saw them twice at The Royal Albert Hall in 1979 (?)
Aaaah, good times!!!
This is the best version of the full song that I have found:


Karl Richter Toccata e Fuga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd_oIFy1mxM
Length: 2:27

i remember, that was longer!!
In Classical music, the individual performers are often left off the first-glance info, because it is generally considered more important to know the composer, than the conductor, ensemble, and/or soloist. It's often left up to the liner notes/program to provide the info specific to a particular performance of a particular piece.
 Highlowsel wrote:
This is one of those musical pieces that always leaves me wondering what it must have been like to be Bach.  Wouldn't you love to have had the opportunity to wander around in the space between his ears, for even a few minutes?  To walk around, even for a moment, within the mind of someone who conceives such pieces of splendor as this.  It boggles the imagination don't'cha think? 

If my own life experiences are comparable to everyone else's I tend to live my life with a constantly playing musical soundtrack going on in the background of my mind.  Humming and whistling are the staples of my day.  You could say it fends off boredom as I pursue my work and the things I enjoy...and sometimes don't enjoy (heh)..

But being a non-musician I must say most all of it is the results of listening to what has been put out by others.  I won't claim much originality in it.  There's nothing wrong with this, it's just how I enjoy the moments day to day.  When it comes to musical talent I guess you could say I'm a dullard.  

But could you imagine a mind producing such original sound-tracks for itself as this?  A mind in a constant dance with whatever creative impulse is driving it?  Yeeesh.  His head must have almost literally buzzed.  But at least he put it down for posterity.  From his time 'til now we've all had the opportunity to vicariously experience what must have been routine for him. 

There must be a God because such musical epiphanies as these, reflections of cast light originating from a source too bright to directly see but which still reaches us thru the medium of the mind of such a "mere mortal" as Bach, allow us all to hear and enjoy the ineffable and divine..Certainly we're all better for having heard it, aren't we?

So it goes.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 He looked  for , found and was delighted by possibilities and  ascribed it all to Revealed  Knowledge.

Most other tracks you play state the artist. Why not the classical ones? Obviously this isn't JSB himself. You really should give credit to the people who are actually performing. 
All the same, it's a great piece. How about playing the version by SKY?
This is one of those musical pieces that always leaves me wondering what it must have been like to be Bach.  Wouldn't you love to have had the opportunity to wander around in the space between his ears, for even a few minutes?  To walk around, even for a moment, within the mind of someone who conceives such pieces of splendor as this.  It boggles the imagination don't'cha think? 

If my own life experiences are comparable to everyone else's I tend to live my life with a constantly playing musical soundtrack going on in the background of my mind.  Humming and whistling are the staples of my day.  You could say it fends off boredom as I pursue my work and the things I enjoy...and sometimes don't enjoy (heh)..

But being a non-musician I must say most all of it is the results of listening to what has been put out by others.  I won't claim much originality in it.  There's nothing wrong with this, it's just how I enjoy the moments day to day.  When it comes to musical talent I guess you could say I'm a dullard.  

But could you imagine a mind producing such original sound-tracks for itself as this?  A mind in a constant dance with whatever creative impulse is driving it?  Yeeesh.  His head must have almost literally buzzed.  But at least he put it down for posterity.  From his time 'til now we've all had the opportunity to vicariously experience what must have been routine for him. 

There must be a God because such musical epiphanies as these, reflections of cast light originating from a source too bright to directly see but which still reaches us thru the medium of the mind of such a "mere mortal" as Bach, allow us all to hear and enjoy the ineffable and divine..Certainly we're all better for having heard it, aren't we?

So it goes.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
AhBachMASH Radar MASH Bach GIF
I've seen many versions of Toccata & Fugue.  The best video is on Youtube at "Zd_oIFy1mxM" by Karl Richter
This one in a church... amazing!
 moodfood wrote:
  sounds like Jon Lord from Deep Purple on that organ.. {#Mrgreen}

 
I was thinking "Rick Wakeman" {#Bounce}
 moodfood wrote:
  sounds like Jon Lord from Deep Purple on that organ.. {#Mrgreen}
 
Good ear.
Garth Hudson and Jon Lord both borrowed a few licks from this.
Black Sabbath to Bach.  That is 'eclectic'.  
  sounds like Jon Lord from Deep Purple on that organ.. {#Mrgreen}
 xtalman wrote:
Rob Zombie to Bach....who would have thought.

 
Agree!! Loved that mix. :)
My little cousin played this piece of music in the church on our wedding. He was 8 or 9 and really did well. He is now 19 years old and plays like a pro. Good memories.

By the way: the epic end is missing! This is just the beginning and the end is even better.
That album cover pictures the organ in the Temple Square tabernacle in Salt Lake City, AKA the Mormon Tabernacle. I wonder if the selection played here was performed on that organ?
Love this, but would prefer to hear the whole "Toccata and Fugue in D minor."
Rob Zombie to Bach....who would have thought.

OH YES!!!!   Perfect.  I have goosebumps!!!


JON-A-THAN, JON-A-THAN, JON-A-THAN!
Toin it up!
Y E S!{#Clap}
Johann Sebastian Bach — Toccata in D minor
Elton John — Funeral For a Friend - Love Lies Bleeding

Perfect. One more reason to love RP!!
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Hey this Bach guy did the soundtrack to Rollerball...that's cool. 

 
no Oscar though. RIP OFF!
Hey this Bach guy did the soundtrack to Rollerball...that's cool. 
I owned this piece in the mid-70s, not from the "all the different organs" LP, but the  Q4 open reel version.. Had a quadraphonic outfit with large speakers all around..........oh yes.
 Pedro1874 wrote:

I once walked into Liverpool Cathedral many years ago - in the early sixties -  and the organist was playing this - instant lump in throat and the hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention.  I was able to buy an EP of a recording of this piece made at the cathedral - must dig it out again!
 
This whole album is comprised of but this single toccata & fugue, something like 18 different versions, of which each was played on a different organ, and therefore a different cathedral in different towns throughout Europe.  It's hard to understate something as significantly as this album does — oh it is tremendous music and playing — because each organ is actually built into the cathedral.  The cathedral itself produces the final sound and to be able to walk in, to stand within such a sound machine and listen to this....  To some degree, each person in such a space will modify the sound somewhat and thereby would be of the sound.  A religious experience no doubt.
That was nice!  Whole office got a good dose of RP....
I've really missed the Halloween music.  Nice job this year Bill!
YOU ARE NAILING THIS HALLOWEEN GOOVE!!! Keep it up!
I hear old Vincent Price horror movies....The Abominable Dr. Phibes anybody?
J.S. Bach -Toccata & Fugue in D-minor - Stephanuskerk Hasselt

Cannot imagne what happend as Bach played this godlike song first time. I would run out of the church...
ROLLERBALL - 1975 - in roll around sound
The old M&K test record! - can your woofers handle this?    This tune has some pipes.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Your time is gonna come!
  Another poster said smth like "the first rock music".  Fine by me.


 fredriley wrote:
I would really love to hear this in a massive cathedral, such as York, with a massive metalfittin' gynormous organ belting it out so loudly that my stomach shook. This deserves volume up to 11 in a public space.

 
I once walked into Liverpool Cathedral many years ago - in the early sixties -  and the organist was playing this - instant lump in throat and the hairs on the back of my neck stood to attention.  I was able to buy an EP of a recording of this piece made at the cathedral - must dig it out again!
AH!  Biggs....  YESSSS!
I would really love to hear this in a massive cathedral, such as York, with a massive metalfittin' gynormous organ belting it out so loudly that my stomach shook. This deserves volume up to 11 in a public space.
PLEASE - also play the SKY version!
cant help it, I always think of Disney
The very first rock song... Brillant, Perfect!
Ahhhh....non-Head Banger long-hair
Brilliant indeed, perfectly playes as well by.......?
No rating high enough for this work of brilliance. 
 mbhandyrae wrote:
Godlike, huh? Personally, I've always considered organ music to be the work of Satan. {#Wink}

 

I remember listening to a story on NPR about organs (the big church types).  One thing that was said always stuck in mind as a really cool observation.  It was  "Organs are the most powerful things made by man that don't destroy things"  Not totally accurate of course, but it sure makes a point!
 easmann wrote:

Go Jonathon E.
cover

 
JONATHON! JONATHON! JONATHON!
This brings bad memories of my time at the Catholic boarding school for boys in UK. {#Stop}
 handyrae wrote:
Godlike, huh? Personally, I've always considered organ music to be the work of Satan. {#Wink}

 
aaah totally agree:)
Hey Bill, is this from the E. Power Biggs collection?  That's a remarkable disk; vinyl only as far as I know.  I have it, and Biggs plays this one toccata on about 18 different ancient organs in 18 different cathedrals.  This is important, because each organ is specifically designed and built for a unique cathedral, so organs are called "organs" because they are internal to and essential for each house of worship's musical signature.  Biggs understood all this and traveled around Europe recording this one piece in these various ancient cathedrals in order to capture each one's unique sound by virtue of Bach's yardstick, and yes, the differences are quite surprising and enjoyable.  Very cool.
 (former member) wrote:


I have a great big organ and I adore Bach...  love this...



 
jsb,  loved big organs......
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Your time is gonna come!

 
As soon as I read your post, I immediately got the reference. Good ears. :-)
RAWK
Godlike, huh? Personally, I've always considered organ music to be the work of Satan. {#Wink}
ROLLERBALL!!!!
 nampelkafe wrote:
This is why Godlike rate exists.

 
Absolutely.  Bach realigns my brain.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 

 

And Johann S. is playing the organ?
Always so much fun to hear this out of nowhere! A wonderful classical surprise - thanks Bill! Love the segue to the Band too!
Fantastic! God what a genius piece of art this is.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Play part II (the Fugue) some time! 

  Yes, please do.  Seems incomplete without it.  Plus I'd much rather listen to that than The Band playing Chest Fever after this.


Your time is gonna come!
Makes me grateful for the subwoofer
This is why Godlike rate exists.
sounds pretty good for a 1722 recording..... :)

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 
What was I thinking rating this only a 9?
We have got this version.  The reverb in the Church give it the wow factor!
what a great intro to THE BAND! JSB Tocatta in D Minor - sweet 1
still thinking about the segue between this and Chest Fever! I was thinking it was either Rick Wakeman or EL & P. Never heard of Mr. Biggs.
WOW!   I bet you were just chomping at the bit to play these two back to back!!!!
 kingart wrote:
Chest Fever must follow. 
 
 
"And why not?" asked Garth.
Play part II (the Fugue) some time! 

File:Count von Count kneeling.png
Thought this might be Rick Wakeman at first.  Why no Rick Wakeman ever on RP?  Love this station though.  Keeps me up every day! 

Fabulous! Yes!




I have a great big organ and I adore Bach...  love this...


Just wondering what to follow this up with.. how about the Sinfonia from BWV 29? Oh stuff it, I'll just play the whole cantata. It's an absolute ripper.
My first 10
I had the wonderful fortune to hear this played live in Notre Dame Cathedral years ago.  Very cool, indeed!
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:
Whow!! This music is supposed to "fall over" you, to come down on you if, I say this correctly. Like standing in a church where it is played:
Once I was in De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) in Amsterdam and music like this was played while I was standing below the organ: the music fell over me like a waterfall: great!!!
 
yep,I love the bass effect of the real thing. You almost expect the church to be rocked to its foundations.

Romeo has a spring under his shoe now, I'm sure

 

MUSIC = 1 (on RP)


Who rates 1? :/
This song should just be called "Dracula".   10/10
Chest Fever must follow. 
 
Whow!! This music is supposed to "fall over" you, to come down on you if, I say this correctly. Like standing in a church where it is played:
Once I was in De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) in Amsterdam and music like this was played while I was standing below the organ: the music fell over me like a waterfall: great!!!
Wow, this is great sound quality for being recorded in 1722...
Yo go, Jo!!{#Bananapiano}
Very few pieces of non-pop music I could sit through. This is poptastic, though. Thanks.
If it ain't baroque, don't fix it!
OH LORDY HOW I LOVE THIS ! ! !

and yes, I had to scream, I had my pathetic little speakers maxed.   My only regret is that it ends too soon.

Bill, I have the high definition vinyl from the 70's, but no turntable.  If I send you the vinyl can you get it converted to digital?  It hasn't been out of the sleeve in probably 25 years or more, but it should be in excellent condition. 


This is soooo good it makes my organ tingle...

 
einfach nur gut  !
Bach always had the sickest mosh pits
 jimmpypowder wrote:

That would have been a nice choice ,but Chest Fever from the Band works damn fine!
 

Same two songs in a row....and the Bach song hasnt been played in a month.  Seems like RP is on cruise control right now....
 haresfur wrote:
I can't feel the whole cathedral reverberate, so only a 9.
 
You'd have to be in or near a cathedral for that to happen.

 haresfur wrote:
I can't feel the whole cathedral reverberate, so only a 9.
 
Then you need better headphones. {#Music}
*plays air organ with evil grin*
Boy, did I need this one right off the bat this morning!!!!  :)
 rajah53 wrote:
Hope Bill plays Karma Evil #9 next!y
 
That would have been a nice choice ,but Chest Fever from the Band works damn fine!

I can't feel the whole cathedral reverberate, so only a 9.