Composer: Johann Pachelbel. Arr. P.E. Level: Intermediate piano solo, simplified and shortened version. Key: D-major Meter: 4/4 Format: PDF sheet music for keyboard. Two pages Media: Video and audio rendered from the notation software. Notes: This very well known piece of music by Pachelbel is a very popular search online. The music is often used at weddings and I guess it is the repeated chords D A Bm F#m G D G A that creates magic when combined with the improvised melodic line. Actually, I think you could use the chord progression to practice improvisation and maybe you will create a new interesting melody for a wedding! ""A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." (Mignon McLaughlin)
Pachelbel's Canon Pachelbel's Canon is the common name for an accompanied canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo , sometimes referred to as Canon and Gigue in D or Canon in D. Neither the date nor the circumstances of its composition are known, and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from the 19th century.
Pachelbel's Canon, like his other works, although popular during his lifetime, went out of style, and remained in obscurity for centuries. A 1968 arrangement and recording of it by the Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra gained popularity over the next decade, and in the 1970s the piece began to be recorded by many ensembles; by the early 1980s its presence as background music was deemed inescapable. From the 1970s to the late 2010s, elements of the piece, especially its chord progression, were used in a variety of pop songs. Since the 1980s, it has also been used frequently in weddings and funeral ceremonies in the Western world. Read more at Wikipedia
How did Canon in D become ‘the wedding song’? It’s hard to imagine a time when this piece wasn’t a firm favourite at weddings, but in reality, not very much is known about Pachelbel’s most famous piece. We don’t even know exactly when it was composed, although it’s thought it was around 1680. There are a few unsubstantiated claims that the music was written for the wedding of Bach’s brother, Johann Christoph, on 23 October 1694, but this is pretty unlikely. Read more at classicfm.com
How ‘Canon in D Major’ Became the Wedding Song As wedding traditions evolve, it becomes increasingly common to walk down the aisle to sappy, chart-toppers by Ed Sheeran or wistful acoustic covers of classic rock hits. But Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” a composition that shares elements of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” remains a perennial. It was never intended to be. How the singular piece of centuries-old classical music has transcended time and geographies to secure its status as one of the most popular wedding songs in Western society is a story where pop culture, music theory and imagination converge. nytimes.com