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Canon in D (Arranged for Violin and Piano)

By Johann Pachelbel

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Violin and piano accompaniment - Difficulty: medium
Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Arranged by Samuel Marder. Violin & Piano. Edition Peters. Baroque. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out violin part). With solo part, piano reduction and introductory text. 7 pages. Duration 00:03:30. Edition Peters #98-EP67956. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP67956).

Item Number: PE.EP67956

ISBN 9790300748504. 9x12 inches. English.

While Pachelbel was highly accomplished as a composer of organ works and Lutheran church music, his Canon in D has long been one of his most celebrated compositions. It combines two time-honored compositional devices. The first of these is of course the canon, a procedure whereby a melody in one part is strictly imitated by one or more other parts. The second device involves a short bass line (refeered to as a ground bass) that is repeated constandly, over which the composer writes continuous variations. In its original form, the work consists of an initial statement of an eight note ground bass, followed by 27 variations in strict canonic style for three violins above that bass. In addition to these four essential parts, an appropriate harmonic background would have been improvised on harpsichord, lute or organ.

In the present arrangement, Pachelbel's note values have been doubled for greater ease of reading, and the work's canonic structure has been somewhat modified in order to make it more readily playable by violinists and pianists at an intermediate level. Since dynamics, bowing indications, articulations, and slurs were not customarily provided by composer of the Baroque era, the arranger and the editor have added them here, as well as a metronome indication and a few cadential trills. These editorial additions should be regarded only as suggestions.

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  • 4

    Helen
    Location:
    Fairfax, VA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • April 10, 2017 Good for Advanced Beginner

    This is a lovely arrangement that works for a violin student who is beginning to learn 3rd position. The very last strain takes the student to 3rd position, with the highest note of D on the E string. My student really loves working on it, and is feeling proud of...

    her new-found skill!

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  • 5

    Anonymous
    Location:
    WI
    Difficulty Level:
    Not sure
  • November 02, 2012 Love this!

    I ordered this a while back and I have loved it ever since! It arrived quickly, quicker than I thought it would, and I found the arrangement very nice. I would say the difficulty is probably between intermediate and intermediate/advanced. The piano and violin looks really easy on the...

    first page but gets harder as it goes on. I didn't have trouble learning it though... however I've played for about 11 years on the piano.

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  • 5

    Anonymous
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate
  • May 14, 2012 canon in D

    I had hoped for a clearer publishing version for my violin practice however the arrangement is so completely different from what I am used to that I found it difficult to change as well as not liking the arrangement. Very dissapointing. My current practice version is by von Max Seiffert

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  • 3

    Anonymous
    Location:
    Washington
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate
  • January 26, 2009 Canon in Suzuki

    All in all a pretty good arrangement but there is one section that sounds way too much like a Suzuki study, the ones we all learned when doing twinkle. It is wrong for the style and ruins the piece. Leave that one part out and you have something that is...

    very adiquate.

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  • 5

    Paul Kochanski
    Location:
    Muscoda, WI
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 08, 2008 Absolutely Brilliant

    This piece is so cool. Man oh man and this is probably the best arrangement of it out there, the only thing better is the original. If you like great music by great men of old check this piece out. You will not regret buying this. If there were 20...

    stars to rate with I would give it 30 stars. And I have been playing violin for a year and a half so I know what I'm talking about.

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