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Toccata and Fugue for All Hallows’ Eve

Toccata and Fugue for All Hallows’ Eve
Friday, October 31, 2014 James Walker

Here is a video of my performance of Bach’s most famous organ work, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565. Though the young Johann Sebastian had no way of imagining the popularity of this dramatic work, I have a feeling he’d at least give a hearty chuckle at its association with Halloween.

I had the pleasure of performing this at the Young Persons Concert of the 2014 Los Angeles Bach Festival. It was a thrilling experience to welcome over 500 children from area public schools to All Saints and to have the Los Angeles Bach Festival orchestra and soloists perform selections from the festival’s finale concert.

The kids were amazing, listening attentively — you truly could have heard a pin drop during the exquisite and very quiet performance of the Air from the Orchestral Suite in D Major. During the more lively pieces, the young audience responded to the mood, and when I pulled out all the stops for the Toccata and Fugue, they really perked up, including some dancing in the aisles!

It was a awe-​inspiring event which completed the arc of this year’s LA Bach Festival, beginning with Szymon Grab’s brilliant organ recital and culminating in the spectacular choral/​orchestral finale concert.

Enjoy a slice of that joy!

  • Music by Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565

Recorded in performance at Los Angeles Bach Festival Young Persons Concert, Friday, October 24, 2014 at All Saints Church, Pasadena, California