Pachelbel’s Cannon in D major, version 2

I realized that one of the most important features of Pachelbel’s canon in D major is that it is round — its chord progression forms an endless circular structure. In a sense, that is its canonical feature. If you’re going to go through all the trouble of shooting at such a thing with heavy artillery, you’d better be facing a rotating target, or why even bother.

With that in mind, I’ve created another version of yesterday’s musical experiment. In the spirit of “constructionism meets destructionism”, this one is much more focused on giving you ways to build your own original musical structure, which you do by setting the leading voices, thereby laying the groundwork for the emergence of delicately traced melodies and sublime contrapuntal harmonies.

And then, of course, blasting away at the result with large bore weaponry.

Click on the image below to try out the latest version of Pachelbel’s Cannon in D major:

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