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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Morning in the Church of Beethoven

Continuing this long-running feature, here's the opening of Disney's lengthy "Pastoral" segment in the classic Fantasia.  You can then watch the rest. The latest on our Beethoven 9th film here.

Fantasia 1982 - Pastoral pt 1 from W W on Vimeo.

1 comment:

Laurence Glavin said...

Today (Sunday, January 26th) is Mozart's Birthday Eve (he was born January 27, 1756). At the end of his career, Beethoven set about to compose a set of variations for piano called the "Diabelli Variations" somewhat similar to J.S. Bach's "Goldberg Variations". As a little jokem, Beethoven compose THIRTY-THREE variations seemingly to one-up Bach's set of 32, but that 33rd variation is not heaven-storming but gentle and humorous. Along the way, Beethoven wanted to pay homage to Mozart as well, so he transmogrified an aria from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" into a variation that fit into the piece.