Johann Pachelbel

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Pachelbel, Johann

(päkhĕl`bĕl, päkh`əlbĕl'), 1653–1706, German organist and composer, b. Nuremberg. He held a number of posts as an organist in German churches, returning to his birthplace in 1695, where he became the organist at St. Sebald's Church. As a composer he is best known for his chorale preludes and variations, and is famous for the haunting and much-recorded Canon in D Major. Pachelbel is credited with significant influence on the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian BachBach, Johann Sebastian
, 1685–1750, German composer and organist, b. Eisenach; one of the greatest and most influential composers of the Western world. He brought polyphonic baroque music to its culmination, creating masterful and vigorous works in almost every musical
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. Two of Pachelbel's sons, Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, c.1685–1764, b. Erfurt, and Carl Theodorus Pachelbel, 1690–1750, were also musicians and composers; they primarily followed their father's style. The younger son emigrated to the New World c.1730 and became a well-known musical figure in Rhode Island, New York, and South Carolina, and died in Charleston.

Pachelbel, Johann


Baptized Sept. 1, 1653, in Nuremberg; died there Mar. 3, 1706. German composer and organist.

Pachelbel headed the Middle German school of organists and was one of the predecessors of J. S. Bach. He worked in Vienna, Eisenach, Erfurt, Stuttgart, Gotha, and Nuremberg. His composing was closely linked to his performing; of major importance were his works for organ and clavier. He also composed church cantatas and other works.


Livanova, T. N. Istoriia zapadnoewopeiskoi muzyki do 1789 g. Moscow-Leningrad, 1940. Pages 310–11, 319–20.
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Discipulo de Johann Pachelbel (autor del famoso Canon), Johann Christoph era un maestro competente: sus 5 hijos alcanzaron cierto renombre como interpretes y su hermano menor pronto dominarla las piezas mas dificiles para clavicordio.
The program opened with Continuo (1971), set to the familiar Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, a lyric piece created by Tudor in the last decades of his career.
Such a musician was Carl Theodorus Pachelbel, an organist and composer and son of Johann Pachelbel, who had been a noted influence on his younger contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach.
Although many aspects of Adams' Violin Concerto fascinate her, Fleezanis believes the audience is most likely to latch onto the bass lines in the second movement, which is a chaconne like the famous Canon by Johann Pachelbel.
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In contrast to the English organs and organ repertory, the keyboard music composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) sits snugly between the North and South German organ traditions.
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Schultheiss (1653-1693), a colleague of Johann Pachelbel, held a variety of organist positions in Nuremberg, including, toward the end of his life, the notable post of St.