Two of Pachelbel’s organ works will be heard during the prelude and postlude sections of Sunday’s liturgy. Pachelbel was a prolific composer of sacred and secular music, but his fame rests upon his Canon in D Major, heard at innumerable weddings. In a sense, it is too bad people only hear this side of Pachelbel, as his Canon is not his most inventive, best, or most important work. Of course, a composer can’t decide what he or she will be remembered for, so it is always fate that decides one’s most enduring works. Had it not been for J. S. Bach, Pachelbel might be remembered, along with Buxtehude, as one of the greatest German Baroque composers of sacred works. Although Pachelbel still deserves this title, Bach tends to overshadow everyone! In the prelude and postlude, listen to Pachelbel’s extremely virtuosic and improvisatory style of playing. It may not seem to flow inevitably from one note to the next like works of later Baroque composers, but this music is an important bridge from earlier styles to newer ones. The glories of the South German school of sacred music, though normally considered less advanced than those of the North German school, are exciting and perhaps not given enough “air time.” You be the judge!
Finally, Sunday will feature one of the most anticipated concerts of the year – Cathedral Pops. Listeners will hear musical selections, drawn from the sacred repertoire, that they probably know and love. Come hear great, familiar sacred treasures by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Rutter, Mendelssohn, and more! This is musical comfort food at its finest. The concert starts at 4:00 P. M. this Sunday. As with all concerts here at Christ Church, it is free and open to all.