Monday, October 19, 2009

Pachelbel's Canon

One of my favorite pieces of classical music is Pachelbel's Canon in D. Whether played on piano, organ or strings, I think it is simply beautiful. It was this piece played on organ to which I walked down the aisle at our wedding 10 years ago.

Well, now the boys are playing Pachelbel's Canon on the piano. Their somewhat simpler version is in the key of C rather than D, probably because they are just learning to play 16th notes, and why throw the black keys in on top of their first 16th-note runs?

It is a delight for me to listen to them, even when they're trying to master such repetitive tunes as "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?", but when a piece like the Canon comes along, I feel like they are really playing the piano!

Last week the boys' teacher assigned the first 12 measures of the piece. One of my boys is the more reluctant pianist, practicing only as he must. He accomplished the assignment well enough, his teacher was pleased, and this week he has the next 12 measures to work on. My other boy sees every piece as a challenge to master well, and quickly if he can. He practices more of his own accord, especially if it's a piece requiring more study, as this one does. With his extra effort, he was able to play the entire piece for his teacher this week! His next assignment is to polish it, working on the dynamics throughout the piece.

As I have said before in this space, we are very blessed to have piano music in our home. As the boys progress, they will have the opportunity to play a world of beautiful music, like Pachelbel's Canon. And as we pray before each piano lesson, may it all be to the glory of God!

St. Cecelia, Patroness of Musicians, Pray for Us!


Peklet Mom said...

Beautiful! I love that piece as well. Gabbynot is currently working on Fur Elise. You're right, it's so nice to hear good classical pieces, though our standard How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck if a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood is always a favorite here. :)

cmziall said...

I love this piece too and also had it played at our wedding. This is now my ring tone on my cell phone! I still haven't found a music teacher and I must admit, haven't been looking very hard lately either :(

Sharon said...

I was ecstatic the day my daughter didn't have to practice "Kumbaya" any longer for her piano class! I'd much rather hear the other repetitive tunes in her book.

I agree -- Pachelbel's Canon is a beautiful piece of music. It always puts me into a good mood, too.

HSDAD said...

Their music is a pleasure to listen to ... though one can't quite get enough of "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?" I suspect ;)