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2011 – Giant wooden xylophone plays Bach's “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring” in a commercial for NTT's Touch-wood mobile phone:



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2011 – Stephen Malinowski uses computer graphics to represent the prelude from Bach's third partita for solo violin:



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2011 – Matt Haimovitz plays Bach's first cello suite at Occupy Wall Street:



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2011 – Peter Blanchette plays Bach's sixth cello suite on the eleven-string archguitar:



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2009 – DJs From Mars mash-up “Run This Town and Fugue in D Minor” (Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West):



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2007 – Joshua Bell plays Bach's chaconne for solo violin during rush hour outside a Washington, D.C., Metro:



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2005 – Lorraine Hunt, mortally ill and costumed in a hospital gown, sings Bach's “Ich habe genug” in the Netherlands:



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1990-2000 – John Eliot Gardiner leads a Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in venerable churches across the UK and Europe:



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2000 – Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at the White House Christmas party on The West Wing:



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1997 – Yo-Yo Ma plays the prelude from Bach's sixth cello suite in Times Square, New York :



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1996 – Juliette Binoche's Hana plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on an explosive-rigged piano in The English Patient:



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1994 – Jonathan Miller presents a semi-staged St. Matthew Passion in London and elsewhere:



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1989 – Mstislav Rostropovich plays Bach's third cello suite at the freshly breached Berlin Wall:



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1982 – Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel describes his “Mach piece” in This Is Spinal Tap (1984):



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1981 – Glenn Gould plays an aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations for French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon:



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1987 – "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" opens Dark Castle, an early videogame for the Macintosh:



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1985 – Yo-Yo Ma plays from Bach's third cello suite on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:

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1976 – The Paul Taylor group performs Esplanade to Bach's second violin concerto:



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c. 1976 – Virgil Fox plays Bach in preparation for a “Heavy Organ” recital at St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco:



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1975 – Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin interpolates Bach's bourée into “Heartbreaker” at Earls Court (just past 3:00):



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c. 1972 – Gould and Stokowski converse in Gould's Stokowski: A Portrait for Radio (audio only):



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1967 – Procol Harum has a no. 1 hit with “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” whose signature riff (organist Gary Brooker says) is a take-off on Bach's “Air on a 'G' String”:



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1966/7 – Glenn Gould plays Bach with violinist Yehudi Menuhin on CBC-TV's Duo:



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1965 – Joshua Rifkin arranges “Help” Bach-style for The Baroque Beatles Book:



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1965 – While the Beatles have a smoke outside Abbey Road Studios, producer George Martin improvises a Bach-like middle eight for “In My Life”:



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1964 – Pier Paolo Pasolini sets The Gospel According to Matthew to Bach's St. Matthew Passion, among other works (trailer):



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c. 1958 – Myra Hess plays Bach's “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring”:



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1957 – Leonard Bernstein presents Bach on Omnibus:



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1957 – Glenn Gould plays a Bach concerto in studio recital for CBC-TV:



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1954 – Pablo Casals plays a prelude from a Bach cello suite; filmed in Benedictine abbey of St-Michel-de-Cuxa [outside Perpignan, France]:



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c. 1952 – Albert Schweitzer plays Bach Prelude in D major in Alsace (playing begins 3:30):



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1950 – Dinu Lipatti plays Bach's chorale prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (audio only)



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1940 – Leopold Stokowski conducts the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," from Walt Disney's Fantasia:



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1937 – Leopold Stokowski conducts Bach's “Ein Feste Burg” and “'Little' Fugue in G minor” for The Big Broadcast of 1937:



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1936 – Pablo Casals plays the prelude from Bach's "Cello Suite no. 3" at Abbey Road Studios (audio only):



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1935 – Albert Schweitzer plays Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" at All Hallows, London (audio only):



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1915 – Pablo Casals plays prelude from Bach's "Cello Suite no. 3" into “acoustic” brass horn (audio only):



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1904 – Fritz Kreisler playing Bach's “Air on the 'G' String” (audio only):



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