Warning: monument of classical music! Here is one of the most popular works in the history of music, still listened to all over the world more than 330 years after its composition (in 1677): the Canon of Pachelbel.
Pachelbel (1653-1706) is one of the great names of the German Baroque period. He wrote this work when he was only 24 years old. He is also known to have been a great friend of the Bach family, with whom the reciprocal musical influences were certainly important. He was the godfather of one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sisters and the teacher of one of his brothers (but not of the German genius himself).
The strength of this piece undoubtedly lies partly in its simplicity. It is made up of two opposing elements: a continuo (this is the famous obstinate bass) where a cello plays the same notes 28 times in a row (!), and a 4-bar theme played by the violins in a offset and variations that form the canon.
How relaxing, measure and harmony… Thank you Pachelbel!!!!!