The Complete Vocal Works Johann Pachelbel is known today as a composer of organ music and of a world-famous instrumental canon which frequently. Magnificat in C major, P composer. Johann Pachelbel () ‘For those who know Pachelbel only through the Canon, this album will be revelatory . Among the finest, most performed, and frequently studied of Pachelbel’s works are the 95 short preludial fugues on the Magnificat. They rank among the most.

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Collected in one convenient volume, these are among the most expressive pieces ever composed for organ or keyboard. Scordatura only involves the tonicdominant and sometimes the subdominant notes.

Pachelbel, Johann / Magnificat I / Bärenreiter Verlag

Pachelbel wrote more than one hundred fugues on free themes. The other four sonatas are reminiscent of French overtures. It is possible that they served to help singers establish pitchor simply act as introductory pieces played before the beginning of the service. The chorale prelude became one of his most characteristic products of the Pachelbsl period, since Pachelbel’s contract specifically required him to compose the preludes for church services.

Also composed in the final years were Italian-influenced concertato Vespers and a set of more than ninety Magnificat fugues. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Magnificat in D (Johann Pachelbel)

Pachelbel’s use of repercussion subjects and extensive repeated note passages may be regarded as another characteristic feature of his organ pieces. The polythematic C minor ricercar is the most popular and frequently performed and recorded.


Some of the fugues employ textures more suited for the harpsichordparticularly those with broken chord figuration. Toccata in F major. Canon in D major. The famous Canon in D belongs to this genre, as it was originally scored for 3 violins and a basso continuoand paired with a gigue in the same key.

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland. In magnifica 1 and 3 these introductory movements are Allegro three-voice fughettas and stretti.

That job was better, but, unfortunately, he lived there only two years before fleeing the French attacks of the War of the Grand Alliance.

Magnificat in D (Johann Pachelbel) – ChoralWiki

Extreme examples of note repetition in the subject are found in magnificat fugues: Though most influenced by Italian and southern German composers, he knew the northern German school, because he dedicated the Hexachordum Apollinis to Dieterich Buxtehude.

Lorenz church the same year.

This is partly due to Lutheran religious practice where congregants sang the chorales. The Magnificat Fugues were all composed during Pachelbel’s final years in Nuremberg. Both performed on a church organ in Trubschachen, Switzerland, by Burghard Fischer.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Elements of the choral writing sound not unlike that of Pachelbel’s predecessor Schiitz—though director Ng’s informative and well-researched liner notes point out that Pachelbel would have absorbed the concerted Italianate style while an apprentice in Vienna. Chaconne in F minor for organ. Aria Sexta for organ.


Household instruments like virginals or clavichords accompanied the singing, so Pachelbel and many of his contemporaries made music playable using these instruments. He was employed in less than a fortnight: He received his primary education in St. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Johann Pachelbel. Although a few two- and four-voice works are present, most employ three voices sometimes expanding to four-voice polyphony for a bar or two. The Neumeister Collection and the so-called Weimar tablature of provide valuable information about Pachelbel’s school, although they do not contain any pieces that can be confidently ascribed to him.

The double fugues exhibit a typical three-section structure: Fugue in C major for organ One of Pachelbel’s many C major fugues on original themes, this short piece uses a subject with a pattern of repeated notes in a manner discussed above. The school authorities were so impressed by Pachelbel’s academic magnnificat that he was admitted above the school’s normal quota. Sebaldus Church organist Georg Caspar Pachdlbel and his possible former teacher died on 20 Aprilthe city authorities were so anxious to appoint Pachelbel then a famous Nuremberger to the position that they officially invited him to assume it without holding the usual job examination or inviting applications from prominent organists from lesser churches.