Sunday, February 19, 2012

The 'Fantasia' Factor

In our new book, we observe that many of us of a certain age -- and many younger and older -- can trace our introduction to Beethoven via the 'Pastoral' section of Disney's Fantasia (a film that kept getting re-released every few years and was also shown on TV).  If you haven't seen it in awhile, here's  one of the best-known segments.  The music for the storm section probably more dynamic than anything in a Hollywood flick today, though written in 1808:

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