The Toccata: On J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (400 words)

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Listen to a recording of J.S. Bach's infamous "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," and then listen to "Toccata and Fugue" as performed and arranged by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO)

In a 400 word essay, please compare and contrast these two recordings. In your essay please consider the following questions:

(1) We've talked about adaptation v. inspiration, particularly when dealing with A Knight's Tale, in your opinion is the TSO performing an adaptation or a work that is merely "inspired by Bach"

(2) Knowing what you know about Bach, do you think TSO is faithful to Bach's intentions with this work?

(3) Put simply, does TSO's arrangement "work" for you?

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