The Phantom of the Opera is Now a Boogie? Yes, and the sheet music is available for purchase on this website. Longevity has come to the Phantom of the Opera originally written by Gaston Leroux as a French magazine series in Le Gaulois. His first installment appeared September 23, 1909. Some 106 years later, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version is still the longest running musical in the history of Broadway. As a composer, I have chosen to add to the crest of the Phantom wave with a little help from Bach through his Toccata and Fugue in D minor. I have turned “The Phantom of the Opera” into the “Boogie Man of the Opera” which is available for purchase here. This work, with its “entertaining version of horror and villainy” not only found its way into the Hollywood film of the Phantom of the Opera (1962) (picture below); but also earlier in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931); the Black Cat (1934) and later in Disney’s film, Fantasia.
I took Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and made it into a boogie-woogie!
The Phantom of the Opera is Now a Boogie? I took Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and made it into a boogie-woogie! Since Bach loved experimentation, most “long-haired”musicians agreed that he would have approved of the project. I was living at the time with my wife and three children in Toronto in a duplex at 68 Thursfield Cresent. During cocktail hour I played the piano at the Prince Hotel in Don Mills and at night, I went around the corner and entertained during the dinner hour at the Duncan House. However, as that winter of ’87 was ferocious, we were often home bound which gave me plenty of time for the project. I’m including an excerpt for listening. Until this last year, I have been playing piano in the summers regularly in New York at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, NY. where my Bach boogie continually receives bravos. This winter I will begin my 7th year playing the vintage Steinway pianos 6 nights a week at Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande in Florida (click on upcoming events). I frequently close my evenings with the Toccata and Fugue a la boogie for the amusement and enjoyment of patrons.