Pachelbel's Canon in D

for cello

intermediate

Learn how to play the notes of "Pachelbel’s Canon in D Cello" on cello for free using our animated scrolling tablature including sheet music and tab options for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 7 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.

Uploaded November 12, 2015
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The date and circumstances of Johann Pachelbel's (1653-1706) composing of the Canon in D is unknown.  The piece (which is paired with a rarely performed Gigue) was mostly forgotten by music history until 1968, when a recording was released and it soon became a huge hit.  A favorite at weddings and other formal events, It is now one of the most beloved pieces of classical music.  In the original version, the cello and bass play a repeating eight note pattern throughout the entire piece with three violins playing a strict canon.  A canon is a musical process like a round where a melody is played by one instrument, then imitated by another.  In this arrangement, I wrote the cello part to act as the first violin part normally would, since playing the melody is much more fun than playing just eight notes over and over. The opening cello melody is imitated by the violin after four measures, and again by the second violin four measures after that.  The imitation continues through the entire piece.  The Canon is scored for cello, two violins, and basso continuo.  In this version the basso continuo is made up of cello, double bass played pizzicato, and harpsichord.