Pachelbel’s Canon

Johann Pachelbel wrote a little tune in, or around, 1680 for three violins and a basso continuo. His Canon has become one of those iconic pieces of music that continues to be played today, either as originally scored, or in new and ever more outlandish arrangements.
 
We chose the version for orchestra and boy’s choir, performed by Libera, as one of the pieces of music to be played at my mother’s cremation. It worked perfectly for the occasion.
 
But the Canon has many guises. One that I’ve only just found out about is the hard rock version arranged and played by JerryC – a young Taiwanese guitarist. And even that has been trumped by the version played by funtwo – a young Korean.
 
Just watch the video of Pachelbel’s Canon played by funtwo – recorded in his bedroom, and viewed over 5 million times on the Internet. Ain’t human life amazing? Thank you Johann, JerryC and funtwo.
 
(hat tip to Tom Reynolds for bringing the video to my attention)

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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3 Responses to Pachelbel’s Canon

  1. Brian says:

    Geoff, I saw this and it is absolutely stunning!  I’d lost the link and am gald you put it up!

  2. Geoff says:

    Yup, I wish I could play like that… I keep meaning to find time to take up the piano again, but other things keep butting in…

  3. liberafansuk says:

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