Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major (this is not “Canon Rock”! LOL)

26 11 2006

Johann Pachelbel – Canon in D Major (this is not “canon rock”! LOL)

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Listen to a sample of Dan’s take on Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major where he has interpreted the string quartet instrumentation with more than 50 multi-track overdubs utilizing just the electric guitar. (No, this is not “canon rock”! LOL)

**** Pachelbel – Canon in D Major – Download score – PDF

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706) Truth be told I am completely fascinated how Jerry C’s version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major called “Canon Rock” has turned the guitar playing world upside down and inspired countless numbers of hopefuls to pick up the guitar (or give a shot in the arm to tenured players) and explore the unique qualities of expression that only the guitar can provide! Every so often someone comes along and gives that source of inspiration to encourage the masses..! With that said, I must state on record that my treatment of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” has nothing to do with the hyper rock interpretation that is taking the world by storm (not that I am against that, on the contrary I love what Jerry C. has done; truly awesome!!!). I have interpreted the “string quartet instrumentation” with more than 50 multi-track overdubs utilizing just the electric guitar, I am positive you will enjoy this performance.Pertaining to my interpretation (usually with a divided opinion), I have read certain comments or mixed reviews shall we say ranging from “Absolutely Beautiful” to “Slow and Boring”… (“Can’t win them all” – LOL)“My personal view on approaching a classical piece is to try and stay as reverent to the original composition as possible without taking too many musical liberties. Which in some part will not stimulate the hormones of the masses but out of respect to the composer it is my desire to stay closer to the path of the way the composition was penned..!”

About the Project::
Once again I have ventured into the land of “extreme overdubs”… After much experimentation it appears that in order to get a real thick sound a minimum of 3 overdubs per instrument does the trick! What would have been a very long time laying down tracks was condensed by the goodness of the “cut and paste” method within the pro tools software due to the nature of this piece being a canon where the melodies chase each other in succession.

After finishing the first violin’s part it seemed logical enough to me to at least give the method a try with the 2nd and 3rd chair violin parts. Much to my amazement all lines in the melodies interlocked with precision and grace just as Johann Pachelbel intended. Of course in true fashion, the piece ends with all instruments coming to agreement on the very last note as the 2nd and 3rd violin parts are truncated and by taking a close listen on my interpretation the last 4 bars overlap and finish in sequence.

On this excursion I had favored my trusty Agile AS-820 Semi-Hollow (Gibson ES-335 clone that I was fortunate enough to acquire through Rondo Music just before Gibson made them stop production and change the body style, just like the highly collectable Ibanez “Les Paul” and “Flying V” clones of the late seventies that were extremely close to Gibson’s blueprints and patents as they were ordered to stop production by international law) and the Line6 Flextone3 XL amp…

About Johann Pachelbel::
Johann Pachelbel was a German Baroque composer and organist. Johann Pachelbel lived between 1653-1706. In 1671 at the age of 18, he moved to Vienna (Austria) where he became a student. In 1692 he moved to Nuremburg where he lived until his death in 1706.

Pachelbel was organist at Erfurt, in the Thuringian region of Germany and his harmonizations of church chorales seem to have been inspirational to the young Johann Sebastian Bach, whose older brother, Johann Christoph Bach, had been Pachelbel’s organ student. Indeed, Pachelbel seems to have enjoyed close friendships with many members of the Bach family of musicians. Pachelbel served in the capelle in Eisenach, the home city of Ambrosius Bach and birthplace of his many children including Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph, for a year in the 1670s. Pachelbel also stood as godfather for Ambrosius Bach’s daughter (Johann Sebastian’s sister) Johanna Judith Bach.

In addition to the well-known Canon in D and numerous church hymn settings, Pachelbel wrote a considerable number of cantatas for the Lutheran church and chamber sonatas for various instruments, especially the violin.

**Canon (or Kanon) is when a piece of music is imitated and repeated. First one instrument or vocal starts with a piece of the melody. Then after a number of tones, a second instrument or vocal starts to repeat, or imitate, the first one, playing the exact same tones, but with a time delay. More instruments or vocals may fill in depending on the composer’s wishes.


**listen to the new “Symphonic Guitars” remix of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major
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***Here is the link to download my origianl treatment of Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major

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2 06 2007

To all the tens of thousands…
I personally want to “Thank You” all of you very much for giving my music a listen and I do hope you find enjoyment in it..!



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