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Canon - Pachelbel

By Johann Pachelbel

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Brass Quintet - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Arranged by Randy Steinberg. Baroque Period, Wedding, Graduation. Score, Set of Parts. 46 pages. Published by Randy A. Steinberg (S0.193797).

Item Number: S0.193797

JohannChristoph Pachelbel was a German baroque composer and organist. He was anacclaimed composer and organist during his lifetime, and was also regarded asan outstanding teacher. Today Pachelbel is considered to be one of the mostimportant organ composers of the middle Baroque: he made significantcontributions to the development of chorale prelude and fugue and brought theSouthern German organ tradition to its peak. 

During hislifetime, Pachelbel was best known as an organ composer. He wrote more than twohundred organ pieces, both liturgical and secular, and used most of the genresthat existed at the time. His other keyboard music includes harpsichord suitesand sets of variations. Pachelbel also composed numerous vocal works: arias,Magnificat settings, motets, sacred concertos, and chamber music. 

As acomposer, Pachelbel apparently was most interested in variation forms andassociated techniques. Variation techniques are in many of his organ worksespecially heard in the piece presented here, his Canon for which can be hearda full set of techniques. It is the only canon he wrote, yet is one of the mostpopular ones performed today.  

This quintetarrangement makes a great piece to play for church services, graduations andwedding processionals. It’s stately chordal progressions, chordal tonalitiesand variations have been especially popular with audiences around the world.

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