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Pachelbel's canon in D major

  Many years ago I was struck by the music used on a television advert for pure new wool. At the time none of the family knew what it was so we let it drop.

A few years later on it was played by the organist at Minster Abbey for a wedding I was ringing for. He was able to tell me that it was the canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel.

I now have many recordings of this, perhaps the best being by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

   

I am quite fascinated by the number of different arrangements that exist. I have a vague recollection when I purchased my first recording of finding a mention of some 200 different variants having been recorded by the mid 1980s. Since then there have been many more versions released. A quick search through the iTunes music store (e.g. composer pachelbel) gives many versions of the canon by some varied artists and genres. I particularly like:

  • Go West on the Very CD by the Pet Shop Boys
  • the hit single All Together Now by The Farm and was re-released in 2004 with the Sfx choir as the official England Euro 2004 song. HMV and Amazon have 30 second clips you can listen to if you are so inclined. 
  • Lullaby on the Classified CD by Bond

I appreciate the emails I frequently receive with information and version of the Canon. Unfortunately I can only use audio clips on this site if they are royalty and copyright free.

Several people have contacted me looking for the version by Herbert Von Karajan and The Berlin Philharmonic. There are two versions available from the iTunes music store here and here. There is also a very good recording by The London Symphony Orchestra too.

   

Recently I have started to pull together a collection of MIDI and MP3 files I have found on the Internet. These are collected together and available from download from this site. They are here because of what they are not how good they are - that is up to you to decide. Some of them sound good (through  a SoundBlaster Audigy) and some don't. If you want to take copies please do so. That is how I got them in the first place. 

 

 
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  50. Pachelbel's canon in D major (mp3) * - All comments welcome.

* Arrangement 50: don't laugh but I did this myself using Apple GarageBand with an M-AUDIO 49e USB keyboard on my Apple iMac. I'm sure Pachelbel won't mind.

 
 

Are they any good?

I cant promise that any of these are any good.  I wont even guarantee that they are all different. If you like them then you are welcome do download them and use them. If you don't like them then I suggest you don't bother downloading them again.

 

 

Johann Pachelbel (Germany, 1653-1706)

Johann Pachelbel was one of the great organist-composers of his day, a man who could count Bach's teacher among his pupils. His life was tinged with tragedy and hardship - his first wife died with her baby son in the plague of 1683, and he had to flee from the French invasion of Stuttgart in 1692 - but he settled in Nuremberg and his second marriage produced seven children, two of whom became musicians, one an instrument maker and one a painter. His church music is highly regarded and innovative in the way it links the pitches of the notes to meaning - steadfast faith denoted by repeated notes, for example. His lilting Canon in D is a throwaway little piece by comparison to his big sacred works, but its charming grace has made it a favourite filler of compilation CDs. The canon in D major was written in or around 1680. 

Pachelbel was born in Nuremberg in August 1653 and died there  on March 6th, 1706.

 

 

Places you may have heard the Canon

Films: Father of the Bride; Ordinary People.

TV ads for: Ambrosia; Threshers Wines; Pure New Wool, British Gas.

Coolio rap single in 1997; 1968 Aphrodite's Child single Rain and Tears; The Farm single All Together Now used for Euro 2004; Go West by The Pet Shop Boys.

In lots of shopping malls and other muzak palaces; at the funeral of Lady Diana Spencer.

     
   

Pachelbel Videos

Rob Paravonian's Pachelbel rant

Vitamin C - Graduation Song (Friends forever) is also available from the iTunes store

     
   

Other Pachelbel sites (Just a few of the many . . .)

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/5606/download.html

http://www.melissahalleck.com/pachelbel.htm

The following links have been left in my guestbook and are worth viewing:

Wikipedia has a very detailed page on Pachelbel's Canon (and yes, there really are two CDs called "Pachelbel's Greatest Hit" available from Amazon.com!) . The page is well worth a visit. It also has a link to a list of 460 recordings of the canon and PDF file of the score.

 

     


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