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Encyclopedia > The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Illustration from around 1882 by S. Barth
Illustration from around 1882 by S. Barth

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the English name of both an 1897 symphonic poem by Paul Dukas (L'apprenti sorcier in French), and of a 1797 ballad by Goethe (Der Zauberlehrling in German), which inspired this musical work. Goethe, in turn, based his poem on Philopseudes, a story by Lucian of Samosata. This is a list of television programmes that are either currently being broadcast or have previously been broadcast on the childrens television strand of the BBC in the United Kingdom, which includes both CBBC and CBeebies. ... The Sorcerers Apprentice is a Childrens television progrmamme that aired on BBC One. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, produced by Walt Disney and first released on November 13, 1940 in the United States. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x660, 33 KB) Summary Illustration of Der Zauberlehrling. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x660, 33 KB) Summary Illustration of Der Zauberlehrling. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A symphonic poem or tone poem is a piece of orchestral music, in one movement, in which some extra-musical programme provides a narrative or illustrative element. ... Paul Abraham Dukas (October 1, 1865-May 17, 1935) was a Parisian-born French composer and teacher of classical music. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... “Goethe” redirects here. ... Lucian. ... Samosata, meaning sun, was an ancient city whose ruins still exist at the modern Turkish city of Samsat. ...

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is also the title of three novels, one by François Augiéras, one by Elspeth Huxley, and another by Hanns Heinz Ewers. It is also the title of a Doctor Who novel by Christopher Bulis. The name is also given to a CBBC show by which a professional magician chooses his apprentice. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a novel by François Augiéras. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... Elspeth Joscelin Huxley (née Grant) (July 23, 1907 - January 10, 1997) - a woman of compelling personality and energy - was a polymath. ... Hanns Heinz Ewers (November 3, 1871, Düsseldorf - June 12, 1943, Berlin) was a German actor, poet, philosopher, and writer of short stories and novels. ... The Sorcerers Apprentice is an original novel written by Christopher Bulis and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Christopher Bulis is a writer most well known for his work on various Doctor Who spin-offs. ...


General plot

The tale begins as an old sorcerer departs his workshop, leaving his apprentice with chores to perform. The apprentice tires of fetching water for a bath or tank, and enchants a broomstick to do the work for him, using magic he is not yet fully trained in. However, soon the floor is awash with water, and he realises that he cannot stop the broom because he does not know the magic word to make it stop. Despairing, he splits the broom in two with an axe, but each of the pieces takes up a pail and continues fetching water, now faster than ever. When all seems lost in a massive flood, the old sorcerer returns, quickly breaks the spell and saves the day. Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... If youre looking for the TV show, see The Apprentice. ... A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of stiff fibres attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. ...

In some versions, the sorcerer expels the apprentice for causing the mess. In other versions the sorcerer, who is sometimes a bit amused at the apprentice having received a forceful object lesson for the need for proper control of magic he will never forget, reprimands him more mildly.

L'apprenti sorcier

Preview for Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940
Preview for Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940

Although Dukas's musical piece was already quite well known and popular, it was made particularly famous by its inclusion in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Fantasia, in which Mickey Mouse plays the role of the apprentice. Its popularity caused it to be used again in Fantasia 2000. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x621, 66 KB) Summary Original poster for Fantasia. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x621, 66 KB) Summary Original poster for Fantasia. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... Fantasia 2000 is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...

L'apprenti sorcier is subtitled "Scherzo after a ballad by Goethe", perhaps indicating that it was intended as a scherzo of Dukas's untitled symphony, with which it has some thematic similarity. On the other hand, L'apprenti sorcier is clearly program music while the symphony is abstract. The sorcerer's apprentice's music uses the whole tone scale. A scherzo (plural scherzi) is a name given to a piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In music, a theme is the initial or primary melody. ... Program music is music intended to evoke extra-musical ideas, images in the mind of the listener by musically representing a scene, image or mood [1]. By contrast, absolute music stands for itself and is intended to be appreciated without any particular reference to the outside world. ... Absolute Music (sometimes abstract music) is a cool and very hip term used to describe music that is not explicitly about anything, non-representational or non-objective. ...

There have been numerous recordings of the music. The full effects of the lush orchestral work were first captured effectively with the advent of electrical recordings, including the 1929 performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini, released by RCA Victor. Toscanini also made one of the first high fidelity recordings of the music, again for RCA, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1950. The first stereophonic recording was probably by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, also for RCA. The New York Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in New York City. ... Arturo Toscanini (March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was an Italian musician. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall]] The NBC Symphony Orchestra was an orchestra established by David Sarnoff of the National Broadcasting Company as a vehicle for conductor Arturo Toscanini. ... Charles Münch (September 26, 1891 – November 6, 1968) was a French conductor and violinist. ... The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the worlds premiere orchestras. ...

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit,a cameo appearance by the brooms from Fantasia is accompanied by an excerpt of Dukas' musical piece. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (released on its Touchstone Pictures banner), which blends traditional animation and live action. ...

Der Zauberlehrling

Goethe's poem is a ballad in fourteen stanzas. The story proceeds as described above up to where the floor begins to flood. Not knowing how to control the enchanted broomstick, the apprentice splits it in two with an axe, only for each of the pieces to take up a pail and continue fetching water, now at twice the speed. When all seems lost, the old sorcerer returns, quickly breaks the spell and saves the day. The poem finishes with the old sorcerer's statement that powerful spirits should only be called by the master himself. Interestingly, the question of the sorcerer's anger with his apprentice, which appears in both Philopseudes and Fantasia, does not appear in Der Zauberlehrling. In poetry, a stanza is a unit within a larger poem. ... A broom is a cleaning tool consisting of stiff fibres attached to, and roughly parallel to, a cylindrical handle, the broomstick. ...

Der Zauberlehrling is extremely well-known in the German-speaking world. The lines in which the apprentice implores the returning sorcerer to help him with the mess he has created have turned into a cliché, especially the line Die Geister, die ich rief ("The spirits that I called"), a garbled version of one of Goethe's lines, which is often used to describe a situation where somebody summons help or uses allies that he cannot control, especially in politics. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Philopseudes (Greek for "Lovers of lies") is a short frame story by Lucian, written c. AD 150. The narrator, Tychiades, is visiting the house of a sick and elderly friend, Eucrates, where he has an argument about the reality of the supernatural. Several internal narrators then tell him various tales, intended to convince him that supernatural phenomena are real. Each story in turn is either rebutted or ridiculed by Tychiades. Eventually Eucrates recounts a tale extremely similar to Goethe's Zauberlehrling, which had supposedly happened to him in his youth. While the similarities are so great as to make it obvious that Lucian was Goethe's inspiration, there are several small differences: A frame story (also frame tale, frame narrative, etc. ... Lucian. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • The sorcerer is instead an Egyptian mystic, a priest of Isis called Pancrates;
  • Eucrates is not an apprentice, but a companion who eavesdrops on Pancrates casting his spell; and
  • Although a broom is listed as one of the items that can be animated by the spell, Eucrates actually uses a pestle. (Pancrates also sometimes used the bar of a door.)

However perhaps the most important difference is the moral of the story. In Der Zauberlehrling and in Fantasia, it is generally presumed that the story embodies some maxim or moral, and that it is something along the lines of "don't start what you can't finish" or "don't meddle with things you don't understand". In Philopseudes, however, the intention is to ridicule tall tales. This article is about religious workers. ... ISIS (Image and Scanner Interface Specification) is an industry standard interface for image scanning technologies, developed by Pixel Translations in 1990 (today: EMC captiva). ... Eavesdropping is the intercepting and reading of messages and conversations by unintended recipients. ... A mortar and pestle is a tool used to crush, grind, and mix substances. ... Tall Tale, also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill is a 1995 family Western movie starring Patrick Swayze, Nick Stahl, Oliver Platt, Roger Aaron Brown, Scott Glenn, Catherine OHara, and Jared Harris. ...

Movie adaptation

On February 12, 2007, Disney announced that actor Nicolas Cage would play the role of the sorcerer Yen Sid in a live-action version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. [1] is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Yen Sid is the name of the sorcerer in the The Sorcerers Apprentice segment of Walt Disneys 1940 film, Fantasia. ...


  • A similar sounding theme can heard throughout the arcade game Zoo Keeper.
  • The Disney Company coined the name Yen Sid for the Sorcerer in 1940. Reversing the name spells D-I-S-N-E-Y.
  • The music is written in 9/8 time at the beginning and end, but in 3/8 time for the majority, which includes the main theme.
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as used in Fantasia, has a place in the continuity in the Kingdom Hearts series, due to the appearance of Yen Sid and based on a book found in the Tower that reads: "All the king's past mischief is recorded here."

This article is about the 1982 arcade game. ... Dopey means stupid or acting stupid. ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Yen Sid is the name of the sorcerer in the The Sorcerers Apprentice segment of Walt Disneys 1940 film, Fantasia. ...


  1. ^ Hollywood Reporter article from 2-12-2007 with Nicolas Cage information

See also

Similar themes (such as the power of magic or technology turning against the insufficiently wise person invoking it) are found in many traditions and works of art. Sorcerers Apprentice Syndrome (SAS) is a particularly bad network protocol flaw, discovered in the original versions of TFTP. It was named after the Sorcerers Apprentice segment of Fantasia, because the details of its operation closely resemble the disaster that befalls the sorcerers apprentice; the problem resulted in...

For other uses, see Golem (disambiguation). ... “Goethe” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Faust (disambiguation). ... The Monkeys Paw is a horror short story by author W. W. Jacobs. ... In fiction a wish is a supernatural gift granting the recipients unlimited request. ... Sweet Porridge is a folkloric German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm, as tale number 103 in Grimms Fairy Tales, in the 19th century. ... This article is about the 1956 film. ... The Master and His Pupil is an English fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in his English Fairy Tales. ...

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