Johann Pachelbel

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Born: Sep 1, 1653; Germany   Died: Mar 9, 1706; Germany   Period: Baroque
Johann Pachelbel is unfairly viewed as a one-work composer, that work being the popular Canon in D major, for three violins and continuo. He was an important figure from the Baroque period who is now seen as central in the development of both keyboard music and Protestant church music. Some have summarized his primary contribution as the uniting of Catholic Gregorian chant elements with the Northern German organ style, a style that reflected the Read more influence of the Protestant chorale. A Lutheran, he spent several years in Vienna where he was exposed to music by Frohberger and Frescobaldi, which influenced his work with the chorale-prelude. His music in this genre would in turn influence the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, among others. It should be noted that many of Pachelbel's works are difficult to date, thus rendering judgments about his stylistic evolution questionable in many cases. Pachelbel was also a gifted organist and harpsichordist.
Pachelbel was born in August of 1653 and baptized on September 1. He showed musical talent early on and began studies first with Heinrich Schwemmer and later with George Kaspar Wecker, the latter instructing in composition and on organ. Pachelbel received his general education at St. Lorenz high school, and in 1669 he enrolled at the university in Altdorf. Pachelbel did not come from a wealthy family and earned meager sums serving as organist at the Lorenzkirche. He thus could not garner enough money to keep up with the tuition costs at the university and had to leave after about a year.
After a brief period of private study following his departure, Pachelbel traveled to Vienna and obtained an assistant organist post at St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1673. Four years later he took a position as court organist in Eisenach, where Bach would be born in 1685. He would become a close friend of the Bach family and teach both Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph. Pachelbel left after a year at Eisenach however, and became organist at the Predigerkirche in Erfurt, in 1678.
The composer married Barbara Gabler in 1681, and by 1683 he was a father. In September of that year however, tragedy struck as a plague swept through Erfurt, taking his wife and infant son. Four sets of chorale variations appeared around this time under the title of Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken (Musical Thoughts of Death). During this period his organ chorales would become his most important works.
In August 1684, Pachelbel married Judith Drommer. One of their seven children would be the composer, organist, and harpsichordist Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelberg, born 1686. In 1690 Pachelbel took a post as Court organist at Stuttgart and appeared quite satisfied, but left after two years due to an impending invasion by French forces. He served next as municipal organist at Gotha, from the fall of 1692 until April 1695. He returned to Nuremberg around the latter time, eventually to become organist at St. Sebalduskirche (summer, 1695). He would serve for nearly 11 years in this post, producing his most famous vocal scores, as well as his great Magnificat fugues. In 1699 he produced his important collection of six arias, Hexachordum Apollinis, for organ or harpsichord. Pachelbel was buried in Nuremberg on March 9, 1706, and apparently had died on March 3. Read less
Pachelbel: Complete Keyboard Music, Vol. 1 / Stella
Release Date: 02/01/2019   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95623   Number of Discs: 13
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    The All-Star Percussion Ensemble / Farberman
    Label: Mmg   Catalog: 10007 Release Date: 04/06/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Pachelbel,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All-Star Percussion Ensemble
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    The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 / Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4828276 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann Pachelbel,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    re:works - Piano
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002710502 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Pachelbel,  Yiruma  ... 
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    re:works - Piano [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002710601 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Pachelbel,  Yiruma  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Bruk,  Cagedbaby,  Lixo,  Vito Gatto  ... 
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    This Love / Claire Jones
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 6050 Release Date: 07/28/2017  
    Composer:  Craig Armstrong,  Christina Perri,  George Frideric Handel,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
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    Baroque Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832158 Release Date: 06/30/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Christopher Hirons,  Christophe Rousset,  Ottavio Dantone  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Philip Pickett,  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  New London Consort,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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    Musica Barocca (With Das Alte Werk Catalog) / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 559204 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Onofri,  Paolo Grazzi,  Giovanni Antonini,  Marco Brolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort
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    Albinoni, Pachelbel, Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart & Gluck / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002581001 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Leon Spierer,  Andreas Blau,  Frank Maus  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Innamoramento: Essential Relaxing Orchestral Classics / Northstar Ensemble
    Label: North Star Music   Catalog: 312 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ivor Hodgson,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northstar Ensemble
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  • 10.
    It's Me: The Baroque & Romantic Albums / Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002565102 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Andrea Falconieri,  George Frideric Handel,  Diego Ortiz,  Biagio Marini  ... 
    Performer:  Stephan Rath,  Kristian Bezuidenhout,  Lorenza Borrani,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556483 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Sabine Meyer,  Radu Lupu,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  André Previn,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Iain Sutherland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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  • 14.
    Color Me Classical
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002528702 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Pascal Rogé,  Emma Johnson,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective
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    Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514302 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Daniel Barenboim,  Marc Neikrug  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Purple Classics Presents: The Baroque Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578320 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Daniel Rothert,  Ladislav Kyselak,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Capella Istropolitana,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Traum Suß, Mein Baby, Vol. 2 (Sweet Dreams, My Baby)
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 11016 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Gŕl,  Arife Gülsen Tatu,  Anna Lelkes,  Miklós Spányi  ... 
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph,  Sidney Lark,  Carlo Pantelli,  Alberto Lizzio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Soloists
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  • 18.
    Musica Barocca / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554597 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 19.
    The Magnificent Steinway / Hyperion Knight
    Label: First Impression Music   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Aram Khachaturian,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Hyperion Knight
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  • 20.
    Pachelbel: Un orage d'avril / Beyer, Gli Incogniti
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902238 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel
    Conductor:  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gli Incogniti
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  • 21.
    Jarzebski, Vivaldi, Bach, Pachelbel, Haydn, Lutoslawski
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 993 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Jarzebski,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Krzysztof Jakowicz
    Conductor:  Jan Milosz Zarzycki
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  • 22.
    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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  • 23.
    Ave Maria, Rejoice, Hallelujah / Schenkel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7203 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Jonah Schenkel,  Willi Zimmermann,  Praxedis Hug-Rutti,  Naoki Kitaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Aarburg Director] [Choir
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  • 24.
    Fratres / Les Violons Du Roy - 30 Ans
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3015 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Karina Gauvin,  Benedetto Lupo,  Pascale Gigučre  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  Jean-Marie Zeitouni,  Mathieu Lussier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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