On today’s date…

In Hear this, Know This, Music, Music History on September 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

On today’s date (September 1) in 1653 – Johann Pachelbel, composer was born.

Canon in D is the most famous piece of music by Johann Pachelbel. It was written in or around 1680, during the Baroque period, as a piece of chamber music for three violins and basso continuo, but has since been arranged for a wide variety of ensembles.  This song may represent the most extraordinary instance of the crossover phenomenon in all of music. During a short period in the early 1970s it went from being a quite obscure work of early music to a universally familiar cultural item. It was played in countless versions in its original notes and instrumentation, as well as in arrangements for other instruments and in adaptations into other musical genres. The process shows no sign of abating.  You can’t even imagine a wedding without it now.

See Sungha Jung, an 11 year old musical protege, rendition of Canon in D


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