Johann Pachelbel

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Johann Pachelbel (German: [ˈjoːhan paxˈɛlbɛl]; baptised September 1, 1653 – buried March 9, 1706) was a German Baroque composer, organist and teacher who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Pachelbel's music enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime; he had many pupils and his music became a model for the composers of south and central Germany. Today, Pachelbel is best known for the Canon in D, as well as the Chaconne in F minor, the Toccata in E minor for organ, and the Hexachordum Apollinis, a set of keyboard variations.

Pachelbel's music was influenced by southern German composers, such as Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Kaspar Kerll, Italians such as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Alessandro Poglietti, French composers, and the composers of the Nuremberg tradition. He preferred a lucid, uncomplicated contrapuntal style that emphasized melodic and harmonic clarity. His music is less virtuosic and less adventurous harmonically than that of Dieterich Buxtehude, although, like Buxtehude, Pachelbel experimented with different ensembles and instrumental combinations in his chamber music and, most importantly, his vocal music, much of which features exceptionally rich instrumentation. Pachelbel explored many variation forms and associated techniques, which manifest themselves in various diverse pieces, from sacred concertos to harpsichord suites.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Adagio Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Johann Pachelbel, Luigi Boccherini, Ottorino Respighi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1985 String Masterpieces Albinoni, Bach, Pachelbel; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jaime Laredo 2
1987 Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Canon / Toy Symphony (feat. conductor: Sir Neville Marriner) Mozart, Pachelbel, L. Mozart 1
1994 Peaceful Pachelbel: Romance Volume III Pachelbel; George Amatino 4 1
1994 Les Canons de Pachebel - The Best of the Classics Johann Pachelbel 1
1995 Pachelbel: Canon / 2 Suites for Strings / Fasch: Concerto for Trumpet / 2 Symphonies Johann Pachelbel, Johann Friedrich Fasch; Orchestre de chambre Jean-François Paillard, Jean-François Paillard, Maurice André 1
1995 Pachelbel: Motets Johann Pachelbel 1
1996 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 1 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1996 Pachelbel: Three Meditative Variations with Ocean (feat. Liv & Let Liv) Johann Pachelbel 1
1996 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 3 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1997 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 2 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1998 Canon & Gigue, Chamber Works Johann Pachelbel; London Baroque 2
1998 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 4 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1998 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 5 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1998 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 6 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1999 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 7 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
1999 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 8 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
2000 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 9 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
2000 The Complete Organ Works, Volume 10 Johann Pachelbel; Joseph Payne 1
2004 Easter Cantatas (Musica Fiata feat. vocals: La Capella Ducale, conductor: Roland Wilson) Johann Pachelbel 1
2005 Coleção Folha de música clássica, volume 14: Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Pachelbel's Canon Over Australia Johann Pachelbel 3 1
2007 Christ lag in Todesbanden Johann Pachelbel;Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agrémens, Jean Tubéry 5 1
2008 Barock zum Dinner: Festliche Tafelmusik Bach, Pachelbel, Telemann, Vivaldi; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
2008 Body & Soul: Pachelbel by the Sea Johann Pachelbel 1
2010 Vespers Johann Pachelbel 1
Baroque Favourites Johann Pachelbel, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Jean-Joseph Mouret; Raymond Leppard, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Richard Kapp 1
Music for Organ (Werner Jacob) Johann Pachelbel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Pachelbel: Kanon / Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C major Compilation Pachelbel, Borodin, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 2
1984 Albinoni: Adagio / Pachelbel: Canon Compilation Albinoni, Pachelbel; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1991 Pachelbel's Greatest Hit - Canon In D Compilation Johann Pachelbel 1
1993 Famous Baroque Adagios Compilation Albinoni Pachebel Bach 2
2003 Pachelbel's Greatest Hit: The Ultimate Canon Compilation Johann Pachelbel 1
2007 10 Ways of Canon in D By Johann Pachelbel Compilation Johann Pachelbel 1
Music for the Millions (multi-volume classical music collection) Compilation Maurice Ravel, Johann Pachelbel, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, [anonymous], Sir Edward Elgar, Paul Dukas, Giuseppe Verdi, Antonín Dvořák, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Motetten Johann Pachelbel, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Michael Bach; Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel 1
1996 New Age of Classics: Pachelbel With Ocean Sounds Johann Pachelbel 1
Music for Organ, Volume 2 Johann Pachelbel 1
Pachelbel Canon (With Surf) Johann Pachelbel 1
the elegance of PACHELBEL Johann Pachelbel 1

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