Pachelbel, Johann – Canon in D

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Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D - Guitar Arrangement in Notation and TABs

Johann Pachelbel was born in Nuremberg, Germany. He was born in August of 1653 and is one of the most important composers of the Baroque music era.
He a brilliant child, excelling in academics. And he was also a gifted organist. He studied music in his hometown and spent time in the great city of Vienna, Austria. Vienna was a musical center at the time. Soon it would be home to other great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn.
Johann Pachelbel and his music were popular during his time. Though like most composers, he became more obscure after his death in 1706. 
He composed Canon in D at some point between 1680 and 1690.  No one knows the exact date. The piece is titled Canon and Gigue in D. But it has become known as just Canon in D.
Some musicologists think he may have written it for the wedding of one of his friends!
The “Canon in D Craze” seems to have started in 1968. This was most likely due to a recording by french conductor Jean-François Paillard. The piece was obscure for some time before that recording. After Paillard's recording, the piece featured in movies, TV, and radio. Since then, it has become associated with weddings and other festive events.
The original format is for 3 violins, and basso continuo ( which means an improvised part). Today we have many arrangements for both solo instruments and ensembles. We now find "Canon in D" arranged for piano solo, oboe, guitar solo, flute, and other instruments.
The piece is an absolute joy to play and it will pique the interest of any music lover. The beautiful melody and catchy bass line ensure its popularity will continue. Enjoy this arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon in D for guitar!
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