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.
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About the Video
October 25, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Virgil Fox. It gives me great pleasure to post several of the pieces I was privileged to study with him over the 10 years I spent as his student. In the spirit of ‘honoring the master’, I submit these performances in a style similar to his. They contain the essence of what he taught me about music in general and organ playing in particular.
In my youth I was often dismissively accused of being a “carbon copy” of Fox, but the fact is that I sought to study with him because I identified with his approach more than others that were accessible to me. Each of us “gets” music a little differently and that diversity keeps life interesting.
I owe Virgil Fox much. He turned my early interest in the organ into a passion for playing them and his touring organ sowed the seed for the eventual founding of Marshall & Ogletree. We all have heroes and he is certainly one of mine. Go Virgil!
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