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The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, and the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, have been by far the most prominent of J.S. Bach’s works to evoke evil and horror on screen. This “Horror Bach” association remains exclusively a subculture phenomenon in pop culture (almost universally outside of the classical music world). A historical overview of this cultural phenomenon suggests three factors that made these pieces become horror film music: 1) the popularity of the pieces, 2) the choice of instrumentation, and 3) popular cultural factors. This doctoral document also introduces this pop culture phenomenon of Bach to classical keyboardists, providing them with the information necessary to create “Horror-Bach” concert programs.
Horror Film Music; J.S. Bach; Keyboard Music
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yang, Siyu, "Tracing the Shadows of Gothic Bach: An Overview of J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Music in American Horror Films" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4490.
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