Composed by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Arranged by Daniel Dorff for Woodwind Quintet
Published by Theodore Presser Company
Duration: ca. 3'30″
Includes score and parts
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Horn in F, and Bassoon
Johann Pachelbel composed his famous Canon for three violins and continuo, or bass-and-chords accompaniment. The term “canon” signifies that all three violinists played off the same part, starting at different times, just like a round. In this arrangement for contrasting wind instruments, the canonic effect is easier to hear than in the string version where the violins blend into each other. Since the flute, oboe, and clarinet sound best in contrasting registers, some octave changes have been made.