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 Caspar 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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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 in D
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Canon in D
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Canon yn D Fwyaf
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Canon yn D Fwyaf
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Improvisation on Pachelbel's Canon in D major
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Improvisation on Pachelbel's Canon in D major
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Canon in D
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Canon in D
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Gloria (Magnificat in C major)
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Gloria (Magnificat in C major)
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Pachelbel’s Canon
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Pachelbel’s Canon
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Musikalische Ergotzung: Suite No.6 in B flat major
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Musikalische Ergotzung: Suite No.6 in B flat major
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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
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Suite No 3 in E flat major
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Canon and Gigue in D major
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Canon and Gigue in D major
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Suite in C major (Musikalische Ergötzung)
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Suite in C major (Musikalische Ergötzung)
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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
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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
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