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Music: Pachelbel's Canon
A very well-known piece of Classical Music. Written by Johann Pachelbel, it is a canon in passacaglia form, based on an ostinato (repeating) bass melody. The piece is usually performed with a string orchestra, but arrangements of it exist for almost every standard ensemble you can think of. Though Pachelbel was largely forgotten after his death (noted primarily for being a family friend/music tutor of the Bachs and thus indirectly influencing the works of J. S.), this song's rediscovery in 1919 skyrocketed him to fame, albeit of the One-Hit Wonder variety.

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It is also known by the names "Canon in D", "Pachelbel's Canon in D", and "Kanon D-dur" (the German name, meaning "D major Canon"). The piece is, of course, in D major—Exactly What It Says on the Tin. This hasn't stopped it from being misattributed to everyone under the sun, particularly Mozart.

It's commonly featured in collections of "light" or "soothing" music, and is often played at weddings. It is also a popular selection for use in Public Domain Soundtracks. It's the Free Bird of classical music, exacerbated by its own repetitiveness: cellists in particular detest it because it involves playing the same 8-note progression 27 times without variation.

The piece is the trope namer for the Pachelbel's Canon Progression.


It has been used in the following works:


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alternative title(s): Canon In D; Pachelbels Canon; Pachelbels Canon In D
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