Pachelbel Canon In D
In his lifetime, Pachelbel was renowned primarily for his organ and other keyboard music, whereas today he is also recognized as an important composer of church ... Read more and chamber music. Little of his chamber music survives, however. Only Musikalische ErgÃ¶tzungâa collection of partitas published during Pachelbel's lifetimeâis known, apart from a few isolated pieces in manuscripts. The Canon and Gigue in D major is one such piece. A single 19th-century manuscript copy of them survives, Mus. MS 16481/8 in the Berlin State Library. It contains two more chamber suites. Another copy, previously in Hochschule der KÃ¼nste in Berlin, is now lost. The circumstances of the piece's composition are wholly unknown. One writer hypothesized that the Canon may have been composed for Johann Christoph Bach's wedding, on 23 October 1694, which Pachelbel attended. Johann Ambrosius Bach, Pachelbel, and other friends and family provided music for the occasion. Johann Christoph Bach, the oldest brother of Johann Sebastian Bach, was a pupil of Pachelbel.Read less
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