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Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on the Big Piano

If you love Tom Hanks playing Chopsticks on the giant piano in Big, you’ll love this: two FAO Schwartz staffers in New York City playing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Played on a Glass Harp

YouTube link. Neatorama has recently featured Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, played on floppy disk drives. Several years ago we showed the piece played on an accordion. But we somehow missed this version, played on a glass harp. The instrumentalist is Robert Tiso.

Floppy Disk Drives Playing Toccata and Fugue

(Video Link) We’ve seen floppy disk drives altered to serve as musical instruments, but not quite as sophisticated as this set up by YouTube user FunToTheHead. In this performance, he performs Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor: Features two 3 1/2″ drives and two 5 1/4″ drives connected to a PIC18f14k50 microcontroller. It interfaces to any [...]

The Late Movies: Rocking out on the FAO Schwarz Piano

After Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia played “Heart and Soul” and “Chopsticks” on FAO Schwarz’s giant piano in Big, the instrument became a New York landmark. (There’s even a replica in Las Vegas!) Here’s a mix of folks — everyone from tourists to professional dancers employed by the famed toy store — playing some traditional [...]

Vivaldi – Performed on an Accordion

Don’t laugh. This young man gives a remarkable rendition of the third (”Presto”) movement of the “Summer” concerto from The Four Seasons. If you enjoy this, be sure to also view the accordion versions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.