Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

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0120081124

Donald Macleod considers how history has treated Pachelbel.

01Beyond The Canon20180409

Unravelling the rich legacy of a composer best known for one work: the 'Canon in D'.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod unravels the rich musical legacy of a composer known almost exclusively for one iconic work: the "Canon in D".

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the most exceptional musical minds of his generation - a composer of brilliant choral and keyboard music and a huge influence on JS Bach. Yet more than three centuries on, his reputation rests almost exclusively on one piece - his "Canon in D", one of the most famous pieces of classical music of own our age. This week, Donald Macleod delves deep into his world, exploring a raft of brilliant vocal and instrumental works and putting to bed the myth of the "one-hit wonder". We also look more closely at the iconic Canon - in a variety of fascinating, sometimes surprising arrangements.

Donald begins the week with music that clearly shows why Pachelbel was so venerated by JS Bach and his peers - with joyful, singing vocal lines and highly-crafted harmonies.

Canon and Gigue in D
Gli incogniti

Singet dem Herrn
Cantus Cölln
Konrad Junghänel, conductor

Gott ist unser Zuversicht
Cantus Cölln
Konrad Junghänel, conductor

Suite in G Major
Gli incogniti

Hexachordum Apollinis: Aria Prima in E Minor (Dorian)
Wolfgang Rübsam (lute harpsichord)

Cantata: Christ lag in Todesbanden
Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano
Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor
David van Bouwel, organ
Namur Chamber Choir
Les Agrémens
Jean Tubéry, conductor

Pachelbel, arr Isao Tomita - Canon in D
Isao Tomita, synthesiser.

0220081125

Donald Macleod follows Pachelbel's first steps in what would become an illustrious career.

02The Meister Of Erfurt20180410

Unravelling the rich legacy of a composer best known for one work: the 'Canon in D'.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod unravels the rich musical legacy of a composer known almost exclusively for one iconic work: the "Canon in D". Today - the composer's colourful life in Erfurt.

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the most exceptional musical minds of his generation - a composer of brilliant choral and keyboard music and a huge influence on JS Bach. Yet more than three centuries on, his reputation rests almost exclusively on one piece - his "Canon in D", one of the most famous pieces of classical music of our own age. This week, Donald Macleod delves deep into his world; exploring a raft of brilliant vocal and instrumental works and putting to bed the myth of the "one-hit wonder". We also look more closely at the iconic Canon - in a variety of fascinating, sometimes surprising arrangements.

In today's episode we track the young Pachelbel to Erfurt, where Martin Luther once studied. Alongside a brilliant setting of the Magnificat, Donald tells the curious story of how a 20th-century Frenchman with a knack for marketing turned the Canon into the popular hit we know today...

Exsurgat Deus
Cantus Cölln
Konrad Junghänel, conductor

Musikalische Ergötzung in F Major
London Baroque
Charles Medlam, director

Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in D Minor
Werner Jacob, organ

Suite for lute solo (1st mvt - Allemande)
Ulrich Wedemeier, lute

Magnificat anima mea
Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble
Arno Paduch, conductor

Pachelbel, arr Jean-Francois Paillard
Canon in D
Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra.

0320081126

Donal Macleod on Pachelbel's finding friendship, love and tragedy in the town of Erfurt.

03All Together Now20180411

Unravelling the rich legacy of a composer best known for one work: the 'Canon in D'.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod unravels the rich musical legacy of a composer known almost exclusively for one iconic work: the "Canon in D". Today - the story of a period of deep grief for the composer...and Pachelbel's curious link to both dance music and hip-hop..

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the most exceptional musical minds of his generation - a composer of brilliant choral and keyboard music and a huge influence on JS Bach. Yet more than three centuries on, his reputation rests almost exclusively on one piece - his "Canon in D", one of the most famous pieces of classical music of our own age. This week, Donald Macleod delves deep into his world - exploring a raft of brilliant vocal and instrumental works, and putting to bed the myth of the "one-hit wonder". We also look more closely at the iconic Canon - in a variety of fascinating, sometimes surprising arrangements.

In today's episode Donald Macleod explores how the composer expressed in music his deep grief at the loss of his first wife and infant son in his unique collection "Musical Thoughts On Death". Plus, as he continues his journey through the diverse arrangements of the famous Canon - there's a curious connection to the world of 1990s "Madchester" dance music, and American West Coast hip-hop...

Hooton / Grimes (after Pachelbel): Altogether Now
The Farm

Jauchzet Gott, alle Lande
Cantus Cölln
Konrad Junghänel, conductor

Alle Menschen mussen sterben (Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken)
Anton Batagov, piano

Wie nichtig? Ach, wie fluchtig!
Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gli incogniti

Von Himmel Hoch I; Meine Seele erhebet den Herren; Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Werner Jacob, organ

Suite a 4 in F Sharp Minor
London Baroque
Charles Medlam, director

Pachelbel / Ivey Jr / Aldridge / Straughter / Straughter: C U When U Get There
Coolio, featuring 40 Thevz.

04The Prodigal Son20180412

Unravelling the rich legacy of a composer best known for one work: the 'Canon in D'.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod unravels the rich musical legacy of a composer known almost exclusively for one iconic work: the "Canon in D". Today - after a peripatetic life in Stuttgart and Gotha, Pachelbel finally comes home to Nuremberg.

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the most exceptional musical minds of his generation - a composer of brilliant choral and keyboard music and a huge influence on JS Bach. Yet more than three centuries on, his reputation rests almost exclusively on one piece - his "Canon in D", one of the most famous pieces of classical music of our own age. This week, Donald Macleod delves deep into his world; exploring a raft of brilliant vocal and instrumental works and putting to bed the myth of the "one-hit wonder". We also look more closely at the iconic Canon - in a variety of fascinating, sometimes surprising arrangements.

A selection of brilliant secular songs take us to Nuremberg - and Pachelbel's dream job, back home at the console of the organ at St Sebaldus's Church.

Das Gewitter im Aprilen
Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gli incogniti
Amandine Beyer, director / violin

Musikalische Ergötzung in B Major
London Baroque
Charles Medlam, director

O grosses Musienlicht
Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gli incogniti
Amandine Beyer, director / violin

Keyboard Suite no.29 in E Minor
Joseph Payne, harpsichord

Gute Walther unser Raths
Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gli incogniti
Amandine Beyer, director / violin

George Rochberg
Variations on Pachelbel's Canon (String Quartet no.6, 3rd mvt)
Concord String Quartet

Chaconne in F Minor
Barbara Harbach, organ

Mein Leben, dessen Creuz für mich
Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor
Gli incogniti
Amandine Beyer, director / violin.

05 LAST20081128

Donald Macleod looks at the achievements of Pachelbel's final years, as the most important musician in the city of Nuremberg and the whole of central Germany.

Some of Pachelbel's finest music was written during this period, which is only today being rescued from obscurity.

Fugue on the Magnificat primi toni No 20

Antoine Bouchard (organ)

Dorian DOR93206 - Tr 22 (Complete Organ Works, Vol 9)

Fugue on the Magnificat sexti toni No 5

Joseph Payne (organ)

Centaur CRC2304 - Tr 15

Magnificat

Cantus Colln

Konrad Junghanel (conductor)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472773052 - Tr 7

Fugue on the Magnificat sexti toni No 6

Centaur CRC2304 - Tr 16

Pachelbel: Das Gewitter im Aprilen

Jan Kobow (tenor)

London Baroque

Cavalli CCD332 - Tr 14

Pachelbel: Fantasia and Toccata

Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)

Alpha ALPHA042 - Trs 8, 10

Musicalische Ergotzung (Partie No 3)

Les Cyclopes

Pierre Verany PV794111 - Trs 7-12

Magnificat in C

La Capella Ducale

Musica Fiata

Roland Wilson (director)

CPO 9999162 - Tr 6.

05 LASTMagnificat20180413

Unravelling the rich legacy of a composer best known for one work: the 'Canon in D'.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

Donald Macleod unravels the rich musical legacy of a composer known almost exclusively for one iconic work: the "Canon in D". Ending the week, a brilliant Magnificat setting, and a final, unique take on the Canon from a Japanese jazz iconoclast.

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was one of the most exceptional musical minds of his generation - a composer of brilliant choral and keyboard music and a huge influence on JS Bach. Yet more than three centuries on, his reputation rests almost exclusively on one piece - his "Canon in D", one of the most famous pieces of classical music of our own age. This week, Donald Macleod delves deep into his world; exploring a raft of brilliant vocal and instrumental works and putting to bed the myth of the "one-hit wonder". We also look more closely at the iconic Canon - in a variety of fascinating, sometimes surprising arrangements.

As he completes his journey through the life and work of this neglected genius of the early Baroque, Donald Macleod wonders why his music - the Canon aside - faded, and introduces a Magnificat setting that demonstrates how foolish posterity has been. We end with a final, brilliant take on the Canon in D by Japanese jazz iconoclast Hiromi.

Lobet den Herrn (Psalm 150)
Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble
Arno Paduch, conductor

Aria Sebaldina in F Minor (Hexachordum Apollinis)
Werner Jacob, organ

Magnificat in C Major [originally E Flat Major], P250
The King's Singers
Charivari Agréable
Kah-Ming Ng, director

Hiromi, after Pachelbel
Pachelbel's Canon
Hiromi, piano.