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Today in WMH: Not a One-Hit-Wonder Back In the Day, But Today…

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3/9 Today in Weird Music History: 1706.  Johann Pachelbel is laid to rest in Nuremburg.  The prolific composer of hundreds of works was an important figure in the Baroque period. But today he is is mostly remembered for one short piece, his Canon in D. It has become a staple at weddings, funerals, receptions, Christmas, etc.  But it is also the butt of jokes for musicians and the bane of cellists everywhere. (The cello line has only 8 slow notes, repeated over, and over, and over….)

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1 Comment

  1. shoreacres says:

    OK, granted – it may be to musicians what Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees” is to poets.

    Still, one of my most cherished CDs has eight versions (including one by Cleo Laine and James Galway that could have been omitted). It’s one of my favorites for spring and summer midnights, with the windows open and the nightbirds adding in their voices.

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