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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The double fugues exhibit a typical three-section structure: The texts are taken from the psalmsexcept in Nun danket alle Gott which uses a short passage from Ecclesiastes.

The Fugues on the Magnificat for Organ or Keyboard

Each set follows the “aria and variations” model, arias numbered Aria prima through Aria sexta “first” through “sixth”. At the time, scordatura tuning was used to produce special effects and execute tricky passages. Chaconne in D minor for organ.

The six chaconnes, together with Buxtehude’s ostinato organ works, represent a shift from the older chaconne style: This was Pachelbel’s first published work and it is now partially lost.

In the original sources, all three use white notation and are marked alla breve. When pachslbel pupil Johann Christoph Bach married in Octoberthe Bach family celebrated the marriage on 23 October in Ohrdrufand invited him and other composers to provide the music; he probably attended—if so, it was the only time J.

The chorale prelude became one of his most characteristic products of the Erfurt period, since Pachelbel’s contract specifically required him to compose the preludes for church services. The contrapuntal devices of stretto, pwchelbel and inversion are very rarely employed in any of them.

Some of the fugues employ textures more suited for the harpsichordparticularly those with broken chord figuration. Only two volumes of Pachelbel’s organ music were published and distributed during his lifetime: Organ Music for Manuals Only: Although a similar technique is employed in toccatas by Froberger and Frescobaldi ‘s pedal toccatas, Pachelbel distinguishes himself from these composers by having no sections with imitative counterpoint—in fact, unlike most toccatas from the early and middle Baroque periods, Pachelbel’s contributions to the genre are not sectional, unless rhapsodic introductory passages in a few pieces most notably the E minor toccata are counted as pavhelbel sections.


Two of the sons, Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel and Charles Theodore Pachelbelalso became organ composers; the latter moved to the American colonies in His next job was in Gotha as the town organist, a post he occupied ,agnificat two years, starting on 8 November ; there he published his first, and only, liturgical music collection: Sebaldus Church organist Georg Caspar Wecker 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.

It is simple, unadorned and reminiscent of his motets.

Johann Pachelbel – Wikipedia

The latter became one of the first European composers to take up residence in the American colonies and so Pachelbel influenced, although indirectly and only to a certain degree, pacnelbel American church music of the era. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Of these, the five-part suite in G major Partie a 5 in G major is a variation suite, where each movement begins with a theme from the opening sonatina; like its four-part cousin Partie a 4 in G major and the third standalone suite Partie a 4 in F-sharp minor it updates the German suite model by using the latest French dances such as the gavotte or the ballet.

One important feature found in Gott ist unser Zuversicht and Nun danket alle Gott is that their endings are four-part chorale settings reminiscent of Pachelbel’s organ chorale model: Pachelbel’s other variation sets include a few arias and an arietta a short aria with variations and a pacyelbel pieces designated as chorale variations. Finally, neither the Nuremberg nor the southern German organ tradition endorsed extensive use of pedals seen in the works by composers of the northern German school.


The models Pachelbel used most frequently are the three-part cantus firmus setting, the chorale fugue and, most importantly, a model he invented which combined the two types.

Edition of selected works, Score, Anthology, Urtext edition. Chaconne in D minor for organ One of the most outstanding chaconnes of Pachelbel, played by Tibor Pinter on the sample set of Gottfried Silbermann’s organ in Roetha, Germany.

Little Preludes and Fugues. Pachelbel’s chaconnes are distinctly south German in style; the duple meter C major chaconne possibly an early work is reminiscent of Kerll’s D minor passacaglia.

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Johann Pachelbel [1] baptised 1 Magnificxt — buried 9 March [2] was a German composer, organistand teacher who brought the south German organ schools to its peak. Some sources indicate that Pachelbel also studied with Georg Caspar Weckerorganist of the same church and an important composer of the Nuremberg school, but this is now considered unlikely. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Magnificat Magnlficat were all composed during Pachelbel’s final years in Nuremberg.

Pachelbel initially pacbelbel the invitation but, as a surviving autograph letter indicates, had to reject the offer after a long series of negotiations: Also composed in the final years were Italian-influenced concertato Vespers and amgnificat set of more than ninety Magnificat fugues. In his three years in Gotha, he was twice offered positions, in Stuttgart and at Oxford University; he declined both.

The motets are structured according to the text they use. Also in Mattheson’s Obituary. Complete Vocal Works, Volume 5.

He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.