Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pachelbel Rant


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Here's what Wikipedia has to say on the subject: 

Pachelbel's canon in popular culture

The Pachelbel canon may represent the most extraordinary instance of the crossover phenomenon in all of music. During a short period in the early 1970s it went from being a quite obscure work of early music to a universally familiar cultural item[citation needed]. It was played in countless versions in its original notes and instrumentation, as well as in arrangements for other instruments and in adaptations into other musical genres. The process shows no sign of abating.

  • The popularization is thought to have originated with the release of a 1970 recording of the work (Erato 98475) performed by the Paillard Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jean-François Paillard. It was also brought to recognition by what is often considered as the best recording of Pachelbel Canon, arranged and performed by Karl Münchinger with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1970.
  • The canon was first adapted musically in a pop song by the Spanish vocal group Pop Tops on their 1968 hit "O Lord, Why Lord?", which made modest chart showings in both the USA (peaking at #79 on the Hot 100) and the Netherlands. Later that year it was adapted by the Greece band Aphrodite's Child on their hit Rain and Tears. In more recent times, Australian-British string quartet bond played a modified, more updated version of the Pachelbel Canon in their song Lullaby on their 2004 album Classified.
  • Mark Knopfler, known to have gone through a classical musical training, seems to have been inspired by the harmonies in Dire Straits' "Tunnel of Love" (1980).
  • In 1984, Japanese singer/actress Togawa Jun's song "Mushi no Onna" was adapted from Canon in D with lyrics.
  • Also in 1984, The movie Electric Dreams featured a duet between a Cello player and Edgar the sentient computer.
  • In 2000, The song was featured as part of the opening tune for Arthur's Perfect Christmas.
  • Banya released a rock version of Canon titled Canon-D (Part of the Memories #1) for the game Pump It Up Exceed 2. The music in the game is accompanied by an anime-style music video background.
  • In 2005, a video of a young Taiwan guitarist calling himself JerryC, short for Jerry Chang - who arranged and performed an energetic rock version of Pachelbel's Canon on electric guitar. Over 50 guitarists have published a "Canon Rock" video.
  • A guitar rendition of the same played by Korean guitarist funtwo is one of the most watched Youtube clips of all time.
  • The song is present in the animated version of the manga Ichigo 100%.
  • A revised version of this song can be found in the Canon Groove, a popular song for the online game Audition Online.
  • Rob Paravonian's comedic take on 'Canon in D' in popular music.

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You've left out Monty Python's take on Pachelbel's Canon, 'Decomposing Composers', from the Contractual Obligation Album (Charisma, 1980) where, over the top of the familiar chord progression, a counter-melody is sung (by Michael Palin) relating that

Beethoven's gone but his music lives on,
And Mozart don't go shoppin' no more,
You'll never meet Liszt or Brahms again,
And Elgar doesn't answer the door.

Schübert and Chopin used to chuckle and laugh,
Whilst composing a long symphony,
But one hundred and fifty years later,
There's very little of them left to see.

They're decomposing composers,
There's nothing much anyone can do,
You can still hear Beethoven,
But Beethoven cannot hear you.

Thought you should note this significant satirical reaction to the rise of that piece of music - that is the mainstay of every 'light classical' and 'various baroque composers' collection issued with annoying regularity!

Posted by: Dom Romeo | Dec 22, 2006 6:51:45 AM

Blues Traveler's 1994 "Hook" is another song which appropriates the Canon's chord progression & some thematic elements.

Posted by: fiat lux | Dec 24, 2006 7:46:02 PM

Yeah he covers that in the rant 3:30 - 3:45

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Dec 24, 2006 8:52:28 PM

Catch 22 samples it in "On and On and On" off of the Keasbey Nights album

Pachelbel is following me...

Posted by: Katelyn | Feb 5, 2008 8:25:46 AM

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