The 1940 Walt Disney Studio production of Fantasia has introduced classical music to several generations. The score was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski and was narrated by composer Deems Taylor. The music included Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach, orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski; selections from The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowsky; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas; The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky; Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 6) by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Dance of the Hours” by Amilcare Ponchielli; and Night On Bald Mountain by Modest Moussorgsky, coupled with “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert. In addition, Fantasia was the first animated feature to be released with stereophonic sound, dubbed “Fantasound” by the Disney public relations team.
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