May 27, 2013
My favorite Classical composer is Bach. One of my favorite contemporary composers is Hans Zimmer, who scored the soundtrack for countless movies. I often play Zimmer’s music on piano, and I would play Bach too if I had the technical ability.
I was listening to one of Zimmer’s pieces for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest called The Kraken, and I noticed that it sounded very...Baroque!
At 1:29, I figured out why. Amidst the barrage of pirate contention surrounding the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman, I could hear an homage to my second-favorite\( ^1 \) Bach piece—the well-known Toccata and Fugue in D minor! You will surely recognize it:
Same key, same instrumentation (pipe organ), same motif. Now I know why I like Hans Zimmer so much—we have the same inspiration.
 My top favorite Bach piece is his “Little” Fugue in G minor. You can hear this in The Kraken too, if you listen with a bit of imagination.