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Old Mar 28, 2021, 08:50 AM
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Disney's Music Trivia:

• Edward H. Plumb served as music director

• The orchestra that appears in the interstitial segments of the film is not the actual The Philadelphia Orchestra, but rather a collection of local Hollywood musicians and Disney studio employees. Paul J. Smith can be seen as violinist

• When Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, the only featured composer still living in 1940) was contacted about the rights to use "The Rite of Spring," he offered to compose a completely new piece for Walt Disney. This was not taken, and Stravinsky
hated Leopold Stokowski's re-orchestration and re-organization of the piece, the original order of the sections was jumbled, and two of them were completely left out

• Walt Disney originally wanted to re-release the film each year with new music segments, but this proved overambitious. Among the pieces that were at least story-boarded for insertion were Jean Sibelius' "Swan of Tuonela," Richard Wagner's
"Ride of the Valkyries," Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" (a variation of this called "Bumble Boogie" would appear eight years later in Disney's animated feature Melody Time) and Carl Maria von Weber's "Invitation to the Waltz".
Some of the other originally unused ideas were later incorporated into Fantasia 2000 (1999), most notably a short based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"

• Before Leopold Stokowski agreed to conduct the music for the film, Arturo Toscanini was considered for the part

• Originally, it was just "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which should become a Silly Symphony starring Mickey Mouse, to revive his popularity. In the end, it was decided to produce a full length feature with different music segments, including this one.

• The music for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was the only piece that was not recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra. It was recorded by a hand-picked orchestra on a shooting stage that had been configured as a recording stage at the Pathé Studios in
Culver City (later the RKO Pathé Studios, Desilu Studios, and now the Culver Studios, part of Sony Pictures Entertainment), sometime around 1938-39. The rest of the music was recorded in Philadelphia by The Philadelphia Orchestra

• Leopold Stokowski's described the film as a "fantasia" - a musical composition that does not follow a traditional form. Walt Disney liked the idea and the title Fantasia was given towards the end of production

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