Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major (The Canon in D major was composed around…
Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
The third violin copies the first violin, delayed for 4 bars.
The second violin part plays the exact same thing but a couple bars delayed
The first violin part is the trendsetter
CANNON is an imitation-based song
The dynamic implications in the melody are intuitively interpreted.
Melodies underneath maintains the same bass line.
Pachelbel builds the texture through imitation
Finally is the third violin imitating the second violin.
Next is the second violin imitating the first violin.
Full of imitation
The bass is heard first then the first violin plays the falling line.
D, A, B, F#, G, D, G, A
The bass line (eight notes long) is repeated throughout the piece.
D major/A major/B minor/F# minor or D over F#/G major/D major/G major/A major
Pachelbel provides a bass and gives blend of both major and minor chords.
Has light, playful melody
Progression of chords
German composer in the Baroque period
The Canon in D major was composed around 1680 (exact date uncertain)
basso continuo was a “continuous bass”
EG: cello, double bass
The work is scored for three violins and a continuo.
The piece that follows the canon is a Gigue