Pachelbel’s Canon: Wedding Rock Version 1.0
I’m always looking for fun stuff to write or blog about that has to do with weddings and wedding photographer. As a wedding photographer I see lots of repetition from one wedding to the next. Every bride likes to think that her wedding is special and different, and they are (usually). Each bride and groom put a different spin on how things are done. But in general, the American wedding is pretty predictable – a white dress, tuxes, gifts for the couple, a kiss, bible, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. You get the picture.
Traditionally with American Weddings, it has been customary for the bridal/wedding party to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, also known as “Canon in D Major”. If you can’t think of how it sounds, then I can almost assure you that you’ve heard it somewhere, either at a wedding, or on TV. It is very common, and it is a beautiful song, even if it is used ad nauseam. What makes it common and recognizable is that it is normally played by a string quartet, or by a traditional string instrument or orchestra and it would fall into the Classical Music category.
So here’s something kind of neat that might be different. My friend, Rick, plays electric guitar for a rock band here in Central Texas called 7 Miles an Hour. He is a great lead guitarist who, to me, sounds a little like a combination between Jerry Cantrell (of Alice n Chains) and Kirk Hammett (of Metallica) – two guitarists he likes. He’s put together a pretty cool arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon using just electric guitar, which I’ve posted a link for below.
If you are looking for a version of Pachelbel’s Canon that has a little more of a “metal” sound, then check it out. And if you like that, you might also check out some of 7 Miles an Hour’s new stuff as well. They’ll be debuting a new album soon called “Brain Bacon”.
Here’s a little history on Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major:
Pachelbel’s Canon, also known as Canon in D major (Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß in German) (PWC 37, T. 337, PC 358), is the most famous piece of music by GermanBaroque composer Johann Pachelbel. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue in the same key. Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919, the piece became extremely popular, and today it is frequently played at weddings and included on classical music compilations, along with other famous Baroque pieces such as Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach. – Wikipedia.com