Bach’s music has been woven into movie soundtracks since the early years of film. As far back as 1931, works by Bach were heard in Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565) may have been popularized as a result of it playing a role in this classic film. In 1954, Disney reinforced that popularity by quoting the same work in the soundtrack of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Other films that have utilized Bach’s music include Love Story, Hannah and Her Sisters, Barry Lyndon, The Godfather, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pelican Brief, The English Patient and Meet the Parents. Happily, the list continues to go on and on.