Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Canon in D
(arranged for wind quintet by Daniel Dorff)

This short work, one of the best known classical ‘lollipops’, was originally written as an exercise in composition and went largely unheard of until in the 1970s it became universally familiar, rescored from its original form for three violins and basso continuo, for all arrangements imaginable. The Canon has since featured in film scores, computer games and in popular music by hundreds of artists, including Brian Eno, Blues Traveler and the Pet Shop Boys.


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