by Beth Rowen
Still considered a technical masterpiece a half century after its premiere, Fantasia was actually a box-office dud in its initial release. Subsequent reissues and a cult-like following have made the marvel a classic for children and adults alike. Leopold Stokowski conducted the eight fantasy pieces that are set to such singular compositions as Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
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