Toccata and Fugue In D Minor

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Toccata and Fugue In D Minor
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Released 1703-1707

One of the most popular organ pieces ever composed is Toccata and Fugue In D Minor (BWV 565), traditionally ascribed to Johann Sebastian Bach, though some scholars disagree. This particular tune is often seen when a game calls for a more spooky mood due to the song's appearance in horror-related pop-culture. The song is one of the most popular songs to appear in videogames of songs that were not originally composed for a videogame.


Games

Released

Game

Arranger

Length

Format

Listen

1982-??-?? Donkey Kong Jr. (ARC) UNK
1984-??-?? Gyruss (A8) SAP
1984-??-?? Gyruss (C64) SID
1985-??-?? Friday the 13th (C64) SID
1986-??-?? The Halley Mission (C64) SID
1987-??-?? Antics (C64) Chris Hulsbeck SID
1987-??-?? Apartment of Mystery (C64) Scott Calamer SID
1987-??-?? King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (DOS) Al Lowe 0:23 SND (Sierra) (3 Voice)
1987-??-?? King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (DOS) Al Lowe 0:23 SND (Sierra) (PC Speaker)
1988-11-18 Gyruss (FDS) NSF
1988-??-?? Rough Ranger (ARC) UNK
1989-02-?? Gyruss (NES) NSF
1989-12-?? Battle of Olympus (NES) Kazuo Sawa NSF
1989-??-?? Captain Comic: The Adventure (NES) Judye Pistole NSF
1990-??-?? Castle of Deceit (NES) Judye Pistole NSF
1993-04-09 Monster Bash (DOS) Rob Wallace 2:19 IMF
1994-11-?? Ren and Stimpy Show: Time Warp (SNES) SPC
2006-10-26 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (DS) Naoto Tanaka (As "Akemi Kimura")
Unreleased The Adventures of Dr. Franken (NES) Mark Cooksey NSF

Donkey Kong Jr. (ARC)

Note: This tune is not in the NES release of the game.


Gyruss (A8)

Friday the 13th (C64)

Antics (C64)

King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (DOS)

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Dracula's Castle.png

You'll hear Toccata and Fugue In D Minor upon entering Dracula's castle on the island in the center of the poisoned lake. Despite Dracula being a classic villain, he's disappointingly easy to vanquish in this game. The song is Sound.003 in the game files.

Both versions of the tune have been recorded, the 3 voice version and the PC speaker version.


Rough Ranger (ARC)

Gyruss (NES)

Battle of Olympus (NES)

Monster Bash (DOS)

Pieces of Toccata and Fugue In D Minor can be heard at the beginning of the song Bach Bash, but rest of the song sounds original.


Ren and Stimpy Show: Time Warp (SNES)

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