Monday, October 17, 2011

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

For your viewing and listening pleasure, here's an online video clip  (YouTube) of Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."   If you haven't seen this classic recently, I'm sure that seeing it again will enhance your musical experience of playing Paul Dukas' music with the band.  It's 11 minutes of pure delight.  Enjoy!  
Want to know more about "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (TSA)?  With thanks to Wikipedia: 

  • TSA is the English name of a German poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, " Der Zauberlehrling," written in 1797. The poem is written in 14 stanzas. 
  • In 1897, Paul Dukas composed his symphonic poem TSA based on Goethe's poem. 
  • In 1940, Walt Disney's film Fantasia included an animated short segment TSA, which uses the music by Dukas, the story from Goethe's poem, and Mickey Mouse in the title role. 
  • Since the 1940s, TSA  has been used as the title for various other works, e.g., books, films, TV shows, games.
  • The YouTube video clip was taken from Walt Disney Pictures' Fantasia 2000  (released in 1999),  which was a sequel to Disney's 1940 film. 
  • Both Fantasia  and Fantasia 2000 consist of animated segments set to pieces of classical music, with TSA  being the only segment that is featured in both films.