Born in 1685, no other composer has written more nor written more beautifully for the organ as Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Born into a family with a rich and long musical tradition , he was orphaned at the age of 9 and raised for 6 years by his eldest brother before entering the Choir of the Michaeliskirche in Lüneburg for 2 years. It is here that he emerged as an organ virtuoso, laying the basis of his musical career.
The Toccatta and Fugue in D Minor is perhaps one of his most imposing and majestic works for organ. It has been transcribed for a wide range of instrumentations, from solo guitar to large orchestra (as in the Walt Disney Film “Fantasia”). Written in 1708 at the age of 23, the work is full of rich colors and sonorities, characteristics that are masterfully exploited in this arrangement for 6 horns by Kerry Turner.