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Baptized September 1, 1653

He was a German Baroque composer

He was an Organist and teacher, who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak

He composed a large body of sacred and secular music

His contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era

Pachelbel is best known for the Canon in D, the only canon he wrote.

Pachelbel's music was influenced by southern German composers, such as Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Kaspar Kerll, Italians such as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Alessandro Poglietti, French composers, and the composers of the Nuremberg tradition.

Pachelbel explored many variation forms and associated techniques, which manifest themselves in various diverse pieces, from sacred concertos to harpsichord suites.

Pachelbel experimented with different ensembles and instrumental combinations in his chamber music and, most importantly, his vocal music, much of which features exceptionally rich instrumentation.

son of Johann (Hans) Pachelbel, a wine dealer,] and his second wife Anna Maria Mair. The exact date of Johann's birth is unknown, but since he was baptized on September 1, he may have been born in late August.

He received his primary education in St. Lorenz Hauptschule and the Auditorio Aegediano in Nuremberg, then on 29 June 1669 he became a student at the University of Altdorf, where he was also appointed organist of St. Lorenz church the same year. Financial difficulties forced Pachelbel to leave the university after less than a year.

Johann Pachelbel died at the age of 52, 3 March 1706

In 1673 he traveled to Vienna and his music reflects his experiences there.

In 1677 he returned to Germany (to Eisenach) and was one of the most renowned organists/composers

He taught the young Johann Sebastian Bach

In 1678, he assumed the role of organist for the Preacher's Church at Erfurt

Gave Johann Sebastian...
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