Today I’m starting something new to help homeschool families include music in their homeschools. It called the 15-Minute Music Lesson Freebie, and I’ll have many more to come! (If you have a suggestion of a musical piece or song you’d like me to write a lesson about, just let me know in the comments or over at the Facebook page!)
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The Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706, Germany) is one of the most famous pieces of classical music of all time. It’s a popular piece for weddings. The above video of Pachelbel’s Canon in D is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The piece is simply 8 bars of music repeated in variations numerous times. Here is an activity: As you listen, count how many times it repeats and try to discover how each repetition varies. Do you hear different instruments playing it, different rhythms (certain notes repeated faster, for example), a different melody (notes go up instead of down, etc.), different dynamics (loud or soft), or even a different tempo (often it slows down at the end). What you won’t hearing changing is the bass line. The bass line is an ostinato that continues throughout the entire piece.
The next video is played by a group of musicians on authentic Baroque instruments. The Canon in D was written around 1680 during the Baroque period (which lasted from 1600-1750). Other famous Baroque composers were Bach, Haydn, and Handel.
Identify the instruments being played: baroque violin (3), baroque cello, baroque organ, and theorbo (a type of lute).
Now, end today’s music lesson with a fun version by The Piano Guys: Rockelbel’s Canon.
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