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This piece was written by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) and like many other pieces from the Baroque and Classic period it was not as famous as it is today. Actually wasn't famous at all.

Only in 1919 was the Canon in D first published and quickly became one of the most famous classical compositions ever. It is often played at weddings and during other ceremonies, and you can hardly find anyone who hasn't heard it before.

Many pop songs are based on the chord progression of the Canon in D; one of them is "Go West" by the Village People. (The chord progression is - D A Bm F#m G D G A).

We have arranged the this piece for piano in two versions; the first one is easier than the second one.

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Canon in D for Beginners
Here's a free piano sheet the Canon in D for beginners

Canon in D for more advanced players
Here's a free piano sheet the Canon for advanced players

Now, for the ones of you who are interested... What is a canon, and why is this piece called so? A canon is the type of composition in which several voices play the same music, one following the other.

The piece includes 3 different voices which play the same music in a delay of 2 bars. It is written in D major scale and therefore it is called - Canon in D.

There is a separate 4th voice which is played by the violoncello: D A B F# G D G A. This music line is repeated 28 times during the whole piece. It is quite boring to play the same music line for 28 times, but when you listen to the whole piece you hardly notice the repetition because the other voices produce a beautiful and superb piece of music.

Here is how the canon is implemented:

Canon in D - The Beginning

After the violoncello plays its melody for the first time, the 1st violin begins playing- F# E D C# B A B C#. After playing these notes for two bars, the 2nd violin enters playing exactly the same melody (while the 1st violin continues playing a totally different melody).

The same thing happens with the 3rd violin which enters after the 2nd violin has finished its first phrase. The composition goes on in the same manner until the end of the piece.

Click here to download the whole score for free, and check it out to see if the three violins play exactly the same melody for the whole piece. If you have found any exception, please let us know...

Did you know?

The Canon in D is performed in one of the funniest movies ever- "Father Of The Bride" with Steve Martin. Go and see it now if you haven't seen it yet.

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