Pachelbel Canon in D Major - the original and best version





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Published on Sep 2, 2008

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Pachelbel's Canon--the original version based on the earliest original manuscript and performed on instruments from the time of Pachelbel--listen to the authentic baroque sound!
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Johann Pachelbel's beautiful interweaving of melody & harmony--one of the great works of music!
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Performed on original instruments by San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Voices of Music. Featuring Katherine Kyme, Carla Moore & Cynthia Freivogel, baroque violin; Tanya Tomkins, baroque cello, Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ; David Tayler, theorbo.
About the performance: the canon is played using not only the instruments but also the bowing techniques from the time of Pachelbel. As you can see from the video, especially if you look at the high definition version, the string instruments are not only baroque, but they are in baroque setup: this means that the strings, fingerboard, bridge and other parts of the violin appear just as they did in Pachelbel's time. No metal hardware such as chinrests, clamps or fine tuners are used on the violins, allowing the violins to vibrate freely. A good example of baroque bowing can be seen in the extended passage of repeated notes: the musicians play these notes on one bow—the shorter & lighter baroque bow—to created a gliding effect. The players also hold the bow very differently which affects the balance and touch. Both the style and the amount of vibrato are based on baroque treatises which describe the methods for playing, bowing & articulation in the late 17th century. The narrow, shimmering vibrato blends with the baroque organ. The organ used is made entirely of wood, based on German baroque instruments, and the pipes are voiced to provide a smooth accompaniment to the strings, instead of a more soloistic sound. The large bass lute, or theorbo, provides a complement to the organ not only in the texture of the chords but also the long strings which occasionally sound the bass notes an octave lower. The continuo players play supporting chords and voices to the canon, carefully avoiding parallels and doublings of the parts.
Another feature of the video is the subtle differences in not only the sound and color of the instruments, but also the different techniques of the players. All three are playing baroque violins with baroque bows, yet each person has her own distinct sound and bowing style—each bow has a different shape and balance. If you look at paintings of 17th century players you will see that they are all different, because that individuality of sound and technique was highly valued. This allows the players and the listeners to hear and appreciate the "Voices of Music."

Many comments refer to the pitch. D Major is a key, not a pitch; this piece is in D Major at A=415.3 Hz. We chose a baroque pitch and temperament from the time of Pachelbel. You can see the original manuscript that we played from here, clearly in the key of D Major with two sharps http://voicesofmusic.org/images/Pache...
Detail of the interior of the baroque organ used in this recording

Recorded in St. Stephen's, Belvedere, California
Title: Canon in D
Composer: Johann Pachelbel
Genre: Classical

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Voices of Music
Thanks to everyone for the 7,000,000 views, w00t! And special thanks to the amazing musicians who played so beautifully. To infinity and beyond!
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Any chance of a re-upload to take advantage of youtube's higher audio bitrates from 2013 era on?
Sergio Untiveros
Wonderful music :)
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Patrick May
make that 9.4 million
Voices of Music almost 9 000 000 good job👍
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In this moments I wish I'd learned some instruments. :(
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its never to late.. and on the other hand.. just enjoy by lissening
Lily sung
no pe Try harder. ;) It took me almost 10 years to go from nothing to grade 8 classical guitar whilst other people only require 4 to 5 years. Totally worth it.
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scientists and astronomers study the universe trying to describe its laws. I say this music describes the universe better and deeper than any mathematical equation.
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Max Power
Musical is mathematical and mathematics is musical.
Sam Eash
Yeah, this piece is actually very mathematically and precisely written.
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Luis Miclat
At first I thought it was not going to be as good as the other version on youtube 1 minute later I started to have goosebumps 2 minutes later tears started to appear 3 minutes later I cried This is such an amazing music. Its totally the best! I feel like Pachelbel still lives.
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Luis Miclat 1. They are playing on replica instruments from the time of Pachelbel so this is the sound he had in mind. The instruments here can vibrate more freely as their construction is less constraining on the sound. 2. It's at an appropriate tempo- too many modern orchestras play this piece way too slow which, in my opinion, makes it extremely lifeless. I guess they feel like they're making it more "romanticized" or whatever but I find that approach deeply ill-suited for most, if not all, Baroque music. 3. Every player is allowed to have their own "sound"- which makes it like a conversation between the instruments.
Imee Carla Rico
+Luis Miclat It gave me the same feeling. The only difference is that it didn't wait 2-3 minutes before I started crying and instead the moment 1:25 ticks I started crying by just listening to this music
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Mr. C
Absolutely exquisite, it is we who should be thanking you for gracing us with this masterpiece .
Took the words right out of my mouth.
John Rasmussen
Flawless performance! I like that each violin player sounds different and individual.
Erlik Quadros
Although they're playing exactly the same thing, just with a 4 bar distance one to another!
Bill Branning
The chellist in this performance must feel like the snare drummer in Bolero.. I know, It takes more concentration than most realize.
a grain of sand does not a beach make
Stultus Puer
LMAo I was a tuba player for bolero...I once fell asleep during rehersal
wabisabi wabisabi
I love the feeling that I feel when I listen very beautiful piece of art for first time :) So nice.
Matthias Latimer
Makes me so happy, real music
Son of Alexander
Matthias Latimer agreed
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