Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706)
Canon in D
Is there any self-respecting string quartet that doesn't have Pachelbel's famous canon ready to go in case of a wedding gig or a lucrative busking session? Much of the German Baroque composer's other work is lost, but his Canon (without the original accompanying gigue, which has been largely ignored) became a hit when it was first published in 1919. It is thought that it was composed in 1694 for the wedding of Johann Christian Bach, the eldest brother of Johann Sebastian and a former pupil of Pachelbel's. It would have given the composer great joy to know that his simple, repetitive piece is now heard at almost every wedding ceremony the world over.
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