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Pachelbel : Canon in D Major
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Pachelbel : Chamber Works

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Canon in D Major

Pachelbel, Johann (1653-1706)

This will soon become your favorite edition of Pachelbel's Canon (Intermediate)!   

Pdf sheet music download for Three violins and cello  

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Includes : One score and four parts (12 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 5/12

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Program Notes on Canon in D Major by Pachelbel :

This famous Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel belongs to the Baroque period.

It was composed between 1680 and 1706, and the oldest surviving manuscript copy dates from the 19th century.

Pachelbel's Canon is the first of two movements in the composer's Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß, PWC 37, T 337, PC 358.

It was originally composed for three violins and basso continuo.

Pachelbel's Canon is an authentic canon, because the three violins play the exact same part, at intervals of two measures.

It also has elements of a chaconne, namely a repeated short harmonic progression, a stepwise descending melody (as in the first two measures of the violin part), as well as a repetitive bass line.

Please note that in accordance with the performance practice of the Baroque period, all trills should be played ON the beat, starting on the upper auxiliary note.

Sources :

Johann Pachelbel, Chamber Music

Associated collections :

Baroque Music for Three Violins and Cello    

Sheet music details :


(From Kanon und Gigue für drei Violinen und Generalbass - PWC 37 - T 337 - PC 358)
ComposerPachelbel, Johann (1653-1706) Opus/catalog numberPWC 37 - T 337 - PC 358 (1/2)
Movements1/2 : Canon Composition/First publicationBaroque period
InstrumentationThree violins and cello StyleBaroque (1600-1750)
KeyD Major Duration05:52
EditionEdited by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 5/12

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