Sunday Pipes #57

“The Cannon”

Pachelbel’s Canon is an accompanied canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo (German: Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß) (PWC 37, T. 337, PC 358). It is sometimes called Canon and Gigue in D or Canon in D. Neither the date nor the circumstances of its composition are known (suggested dates range from 1680 to 1706), and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from the 19th century.

Like his other works, Pachelbel’s Canon went out of style, and remained in obscurity for centuries. A 1968 arrangement and recording of it by the Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra gained popularity over the next decade, and in the 1970s the piece began to be recorded by many ensembles; by the early 1980s its presence as background music was deemed inescapable.[1] From the 1970s onward, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop songs. Since the 1980s, it has also found increasingly common use in weddings and funeral ceremonies in the Western world.[2][3]  Thank you, Wikipedia.

Quite possibly, one of the most recognizable pieces of music by people alive today.

Yours to enjoy, Pachelbel’s Cannon in D, performed at St. Ann’s Church, Manchester, England, by Jonathan Scott. The organ, dating back to 1730  has 54 stops and was rebuilt back in 1996.  Jonathan Scott, a Manchester native, is an accomplished organist.

“The Cannon”


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Sunday Pipes #57

  1. Val Boyko says:

    One of my all time favorite pieces of music! Thanks Ray.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lovely. Thank you Ray.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jim Borden says:

    one of my favorite songs…


  4. lulu says:

    When I hear this music, I always think of weddings.


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