Paulelbel’s Canon

Below is a one minute video of someone many of us know who is teaching himself piano. Can you guess who it is? The identity of the musician is revealed at the end of the video. The title to this post also gives you a clue. The arrangement was purchased for $1 from the Jon Schmidt website.

Pachelbel’s Canon, also known as Canon in D major, is the most famous piece of music by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue in the same key. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century.

Several decades after it was first published in 1919, the piece became extremely popular, and today it is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations, along with other famous Baroque pieces such as Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach. (Wikipedia)

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  1. The music gene is in the family. I’ve been teaching myself to play a few songs too. Well, I was taught a bit about music at school . . . but that just helps me be better at teaching myself to play a new song right?

    Sounds great! Keep up the good work!

  2. You should have kept recording….The next part is my favorite part of the song!! Great Job Paulaby!!! You are amazing!

  3. Mark Johnson says

    This piano looks so darn cool, it looks better than the phantom X-7 or watever..

    This canon in D is awesome, he should have played for a longer time!!!! funny look at the end.

    This post is awesome, play the whole thing!! :D

    • The piano is just a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-207. I will post the full version as soon as Paul has mastered it. He is just learning at the moment.

  4. Wow, that’s awesome. Keep up the good work!

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