Pachelbel’s Canon.

D major,  A major, B minor, F sharp minor, G major, D major, G major, A major. Everybody knows Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It’s one of the most generic arrangements that ends up being played in any instance where someone just needs a piece of classical music. The harmonic sequence is easy to play and sounds very “natural”, and thus has been kept relevant throughout the years. Have a listen to the arrangement:


It should sound at least somewhat familiar. Here’s the fun bit, it’s so familiar because it’s not only insanely popular it’s recycled over and over again. I could go off and list songs but I let my fingers do the work and found a few links to some artists who really bring the issue to light. The best one is by Axis of Awesome. Although they make it look like everyone is copying Journey, and they may well be, it really is just recycled Pachelbel. If you really know your shit you could start a comment war about Handel and Mozart, but I won’t bring it up unless you all want to.



One Response to “Pachelbel’s Canon.”

  1. Mozart? Handel? I don’t listen to enough Handel to make the connection, but I am intrigued nonetheless.

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