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The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. First published in 1833 through the efforts of Felix Mendelssohn, the piece quickly became popular, and is now one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire. The attribution of the piece to Bach, however, has been challenged since the 1970s by a number of scholars.
As with most Bach organ works, no autograph manuscript of BWV 565 survives. The only near-contemporary source is an undated copy by Johannes Ringk, a pupil of Johann Peter Kellner. Several compositions by him survive, and he is also notable today for his copies of numerous keyboard works by Georg Böhm, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Heinrich Buttstett, Dieterich Buxtehude, and other important masters.
The work's famous opening drew attention and praise already from Schumann, who, however, admired it as an example of Bach's sense of humor. In the 20th century the work was generally viewed very differently, as a bold and dramatic piece. Musicologist Hermann Keller, writing in 1948, described the opening bars' unison passages as "descending like a lightning flash, the long roll of thunder of the broken chords of the full organ, and the stormy undulation of the triplets."
The Toccata has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, video games, to rock music, and ringtones.
In 1960 Federico Fellini featured the track in his movie La Dolce Vita, being played by a character at a church organ.
The jazz/R&B group Brass Fever featured an arrangement of the composition on their self-titled 1975 album as "Bach Bone".
English progressive rock band Egg covered the piece for their 1970 debut album.
Dutch progressive/symphonic rock band Ekseption covered the piece for their 1973 album "Trinity".
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