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Music for Halloween

Music for Halloween

Music for Halloween


Music for Halloween

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, or L'apprenti Sorcier, is the best known piece by French composer Paul Dukas, who lived from October 1, 1865 until May 17, 1935.  Inspired by the story told in Der Zauberlehrling (which means literally a "magic trainee"), a 1797 poem by the well-known German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Dukas piece paints a spooky-sounding tone picture of a young apprentice in over his head.  His master is away, and the young fellow decides to try out some of the old man's spells.  To his dismay, he finds that doesn't know how to control them, and chaos ensues, only to be subdued by the sorcerer on his return.

Walt Disney's production of Fantasia (1940) includes The Sorcerer's Apprentice as acted by Mickey Mouse.  This movie, whose music was conducted by the great Leopold Stokowski, introduced several other major classical works besides the Sorcerer to the general public.

To enjoy listening to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, click on the following link from any UCR library computer, or from your own machine, when logged into the VPN:


If you want to watch the entire movie of Fantasia, ask for Media Video Tape 1229 in the UCR Multimedia Library.

Caitlin St. John, M.A.
UCR Libraries Music Subject Specialist
(951) 827-3137 or 2268

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