In recent years, Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D has enjoyed much popularity in TV commercials, popular songs, and church services, particularly weddings. However, during his lifetime, we do know that the music he composed was well received and enjoyed and was very influential in bringing Southern German music to its peak. Pachelbel (1653-1706) was a church organist, composer, and teacher. His organ works have wonderful keyboard parts with less pedal, which suited the organs of his era in that area. His secular compositions were also accessible and popular, played on claviers in people’s homes.

A canon is simply a “round,” something we have all done at one point or another: like Row, Row, Row your Boat. The theme is repeated at intervals in different voices throughout the piece.

The arrangement we are presenting today is for flute, with Sara van der Horst: Scott Konrad, who is doing the audio and adding contrabass: and me, on piano.

We thank both Sara and Scott for giving their time to make this recording for us.

Written by Darlene James

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