Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D may be one of the most loved pieces of music in the western world. Its repeated bass line and building theme are instantly recognizable. Level 5 piano students can now perform this classic in an accessible yet artful two-page arrangement. The sheet music is available on its own or as part of the Meet the Composer │Play and Learn™ series, which provides additional materials to study the composer along with his famous piece.
Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel: 2-page Level 5/ intermediate piano solo (PDF download)
This piano solo will provide the intermediate pianist with an achievable challenge. The arrangement is designed to maintain the sound and spirit of the original piece while making it accessible to students. For a more in-depth study of the composer who gave us this famous canon, read on to learn about the Play and Learn™ edition.
Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel: 2-page Level 5/ Intermediate piano solo (PDF download)
Hey, Kids, Meet Johannes Pachelbel Biography
Johannes Pachelbel Key Word Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application
The piano solo sheet music is described above, but the supplemental materials allow students a closer look at the composer. The Meet Johannes Pachelbel Biography gives a brief yet thorough summary of the German composer’s context, life, career, and impact.
Then, the Johannes Pachelbel Word Search reviews and reinforces the information from the biography. Instead of providing a list of words, students are challenged to return to the biography and determine the key words. This process encourages them to analyze the most important elements from Pachelbel’s life story. (The total number of words is provided, as well as a list on a separate sheet for a teacher or parent to check.)
Finally, a Meet the Composer Job Application asks students to synthesize information from the biography to complete an application for one of the jobs that Pachelbel held. This will review the education, qualifications, and accomplishments that defined the composer. Though Pachelbel’s Canon is widely known, his life is less often studied than many of his contemporaries’ biographies. However, his path to immortality also involved hard work to develop his talents and many challenges to overcome.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D is a worthy addition to any young pianist’s repertoire, and a study of the author can only deepen a student’s appreciation for his work.
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