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‘Canon in D’ interactive piano sheet music

Johann Pachelbel


Practice broken chords and left hand arpeggios with the most popular wedding song in music history

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Not too much is known about when exactly “Canon in D” was written, but it seems to be some time around 1700 and is considered to be from the baroque period of music. It was lost for a couple of hundred years and rediscovered in the early 20th century. 

This famous piece by Johann Pachelbel has become hugely popular as a wedding march in recent years. It has a sophistication and beauty that lends itself to the journey down the isle.

Cheat sheet


ArtistJohann Pachelbel
ComposerJohann Pachelbel
Release Year~1700
Difficulty levelIntermediate
Instrument Piano
Key(s)D major
Meter 4/4
Techniques Broken chords in right hand. Steady, repetitive pattern in left hand


Fun fact

The magic ingredient is the first four notes in the bass: I V vi IV. There are many modern pop songs that use that same harmonic structure. Some of those songs include “Let it Be” by The Beatles, and “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C.

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