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I was quite taken with an animation series I watched as a child, 'Il Etait Une Fois... L'Homme (Once Upon a Time... Man) . One of the impressive elements is the opening theme, which is a shortened version of Bach's BWV 565: Toccata & Fugue in D minor. I'm trying to find a better-quality copy of this version, or of the full performance on which it is based, but I can't find any information about it, nor about the performing artist or adapting composer.

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closed as off-topic by American Luke, jjmusicnotes, luser droog, Jason W, Wheat Williams Sep 26 '13 at 16:38

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Identification questions typically aren't answered here as they are typically really specific and have a low chance of helping people in the future. That said, the particular piece in question is one that is often attributed to Bach but wasn't in fact written by him. I forget the composer, but it was brought up in a question several months ago for which I produced a link to the original composer. –  jjmusicnotes Sep 26 '13 at 3:33
@jjmusicnotes: Wikipedia mentions the attribution question. As for the appropriateness of the question - SX sites usually do welcome concrete and question, but not ones which are too specific to one's personal circumstances so that others would not raise it. I felt I was ok here. –  einpoklum Sep 26 '13 at 4:22
If I interpret your question correctly, you're asking help to identify a particular recording of a particular arrangement of a particular piece used in a particular animation series you watched as a child. To me, this sounds pretty specific and apart from satisfying nostalgia or enabling present curiosity, it's hard to think of the larger scope - how many others would be looking for that particular recording of that particular arrangement of that particular piece. Changing the scope of the question to reflect how "classical" music is adapted for cartoons may be more appropriate. –  jjmusicnotes Sep 26 '13 at 5:14

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The interpreter seems to be Yasuo Sugiyama, as pointed out in the text of this youtube video:

A search for Yasuo Sugiyama on Spotify leads to BWV565 as first result, the album's name is "Il était une fois... l'Homme". Try another streaming service if you don't have access to Spotify!

The album is also available on amazon.

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