Johann Pachelbel
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Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel Biography (Wikipedia)

Johann Pachelbel (baptised September 1, 1653 – buried March 9, 1706) was a German composer, organist, and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Pachelbel's music enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime; he had many pupils and his music became a model for the composers of south and central Germany. Today, Pachelbel is best known for the Canon in D, as well as the Chaconne in F minor, the Toccata in E minor for organ, and the Hexachordum Apollinis, a set of keyboard variations.

Pachelbel's music was influenced by southern German composers, such as Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Kaspar Kerll, Italians such as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Alessandro Poglietti, French composers, and the composers of the Nuremberg tradition[citation needed]. He preferred a lucid, uncomplicated contrapuntal style that emphasized melodic and harmonic clarity. His music is less virtuosic and less adventurous harmonically than that of Dieterich Buxtehude, although, like Buxtehude, Pachelbel experimented with different ensembles and instrumental combinations in his chamber music and, most importantly, his vocal music, much of which features exceptionally rich instrumentation. Pachelbel explored many variation forms and associated techniques, which manifest themselves in various diverse pieces, from sacred concertos to harpsichord suites.

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Johann Pachelbel
Aria Quinta in A minor (from 'Hexachordum Apollinis')
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Aria Quinta in A minor (from 'Hexachordum Apollinis')
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Suite No.3 in E flat major, P372
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Suite No.3 in E flat major, P372
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Canon in D major arr. for 3 violins
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Canon in D major arr. for 3 violins
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Canon and Gigue
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Canon and Gigue
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Suite in C major from the Musikalische Ergotzung
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Suite in C major from the Musikalische Ergotzung
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Canon in D
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Canon in D
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Musicalische Ergötzung: Partita no.5 in C major - Sonata-Aria-Trezza
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Musicalische Ergötzung: Partita no.5 in C major - Sonata-Aria-Trezza
Johann Pachelbel
Ciaccona
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Ciaccona
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Der Herr ist Konig (und herrlich geschmuckt) - motet for double chorus & bc
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Der Herr ist Konig (und herrlich geschmuckt) - motet for double chorus & bc
Johann Pachelbel
Canon and gigue for 3 violins and continuo in D major
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Canon and gigue for 3 violins and continuo in D major
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Canon and gigue for 3 violins and continuo in D major
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Canon and gigue for 3 violins and continuo in D major
Christoph Anselm Noll
Troste uns Gott unser Heiland - motet for double chorus & bc
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Troste uns Gott unser Heiland - motet for double chorus & bc
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Canon and gigue in D major for 3 violins and continuo
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Canon and gigue in D major for 3 violins and continuo
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Jauchzet dem Herrn (motet) for double choir
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Jauchzet dem Herrn (motet) for double choir

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