Reducing the Canon in D Major to just keyboard and violin is a difficult task. I would advise players to determined for themselves what they should include, - pianists don't have to play every note, and the violinist does not have to play everything in the upper register as scored. Be free to adapt this to your ability and situation. This is well scored to create a brilliant performance by capable players, but if you are playing this for wedding or background music, I suggest you pick and choose the notes and sections you need to keep it easier and more fitting for the occasion. In particular, for wedding music, the high-octave scoring is probably not appropriate to get the right tone for the occasion. (unless you are far better than me and can play rich soft high notes!).
If you are not prepared to adapt and require something more simplified, then this is not the arrangement for you.
I have Pachelbel memorized, but need a good, clear part for some church weddings where the church keyboardist doesn't have a matching copy....and this one is just plain scary looking. I printed it out and gasped, and recycled.
Truly wish that a very plain vanilla version was on VSM, without the ultra-high violin (which is not in the original, and not pretty IMHO). The piano part does not need to be so complicated.
by anonymouson May 13th, 2012
Love the arrangement
Disappointed in music
by anonymouson February 17th, 2012
I would have liked to see more examples of this music before I bought it. Because once I downloaded it I realized that the first page was great (what I saw before I purchased it) but the following next pages were not what I was looking for. The arrangement was completely different than I wanted.
by anonymouson April 15th, 2010
This is a nice arrangement but is beyond my skill, which I consider "medium."
Nicely arranged and fingered - printed score looks good too. Very pleased with this piece.
Pachelbel Canon in D
by anonymouson January 29th, 2009
This arrangement is a little more complex than I was looking for, being a lower level intermediate player. The first page was easy enough, and that is what is displayed when you look at the piece on-line. However, when the download came through, it was much more difficult beginning with page 2. It will take a lot of practice and I was looking for something that takes less time to master due to a short time frame that I have.
Not the normail Canon in D
by anonymouson May 23rd, 2008
I've been playing violin for 20 years and have Canon in D for at least 15 of those years.
This arrangement is not the normal one that you think of. It's mostly right until measure 19 and then it diverts from the typical melody line. If you're looking for something different, try it. If you want the traditional melody, don't get this one.
Expectations fully attended
by Isaias Maltaon December 21st, 2007
I caught this sheet for my piano teacher. She asked me for something out of the common arrangements on those the piano does a mere accompaniment. The sheet music downloaded from Virtual Sheemusic site worthy each cent paid for it, fully attended to her expectations. unhappily it cannot be used because the short time until the presentation. This because the violinist still has not sufficient skills to play it in such tiny lapse of time of one week that they had to present it in a wedding. Moreover, briefly they will play it since this arrangement is beautiful. Very thank you. http://diversae.blogspot.com
by Richard H.on May 20th, 2006
I have always thought that Pachelbel was one of the best composers ever, this transposition of Canon in D & Gigue proves it. The only thing i did different when i preformed this one was to make the tempo a little bit faster, Sorry but this is definitively not a beginners piece. I make my students wait until they have played for 5 years for this one (you can play it before then but a nice vibrato makes it sound a lot better).