Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706

Posted by Administrator on 9/1/2013 to Homeschooling

Johann Pachelbel was a Baroque period composer, organist, and teacher. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1653. We don’t know his actual birthdate, but we do know he was baptized on September 1st. He studied music at Altdorf University. One of his students was Johann Christoph Bach, who later went on to teach his own little brother, Johann Sebastian Bach. After his first wife and child died, Pachelbel and his second wife, Barbara Gabler had one daughter, Amalia, and a number of sons, Wilhelm and Charles (who also became organists), and Johann.

Pachelbel composed Chamber music, Organ music, and Church music. His music was wildly popular during his lifetime, and greatly influenced other German composers. Probably his most famous work today is his Canon in D. You can listen to the soothing sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon with your children at this link:

Pachelbel’s Canon