I must have, because every bride
at the Wedding Expo on Sunday wanted to hear it.
I offered Bach, I suggested Purcell, I began Wagner, I mentioned Clarke, I even tried to sneak in Andrés...but it was always the Pachelbel they wanted.
I can't blame them. "Canon in D" is an exquisitely beautiful piece. That up-down-up-down chord progression in the bass, that long and lingering stretch of downward steps in the melody that turns elegantly fluid as the work progresses. It has a natural rise and fall that makes it a perfect play on the emotions...and always tear-jerking when a vision in white walks down the aisle.
I don't really know when Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D" emerged on the wedding scene. It was composed during the Baroque period but wasn't published until 1919. I often wonder as I play it at a wedding what Herr Pachelbel would think of his music's current success. Would he wish he had it under perpetual copyright? Imagine the royalties.
Anyway, it's also a wonderfully satisfying piece to play. The left hand gets a workout keeping the basso continuo going, the right hand does its best creating the canon (if I had another hand, I could really make it the round it's supposed to be but...well, you know...that's ok).
I can play it without looking so I can keep my eyes on the bride. I can play it totally distracted by a reluctant flower girl or a screaming ring bearer (it happens). I can play it as long as I need to for big wedding parties, I can play a shortened version for the bride who wants it for her own processional alone.
As long as they love it, I will play it.