Pachalbel's Canon Progression
In the key of C major Pachelbel's Canon is: C G Am Em F C F G. This is a I V VI III IV I IV V in harmonic analysis notation. In Nashville Numbering it's 1 5 6 3 4 1 4 5.
C G Am Em F C F G
It is a full diatonic progression with all the chords coming from it's parent major scale. A bit of a variation of the famous Four Chord Pop chord progression.
Pachelbel's Canon is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo. It is his most famous composition. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Both movements are in the key of D major.
Pachelbel's Canon combines the techniques of canon and ground bass. Canon is a polyphonic device in which several voices play the same music, entering in sequence. In Pachelbel's piece, there are three voices engaged in canon, but there is also a fourth voice, the basso continuo, which plays an independent part.
- The Who - Pictures of Lily (the chorus)
- The Beatles - In My Life (the piano break)
- Bee Gees - Spicks and Specks
- Petula Clark - Don't Sleep In The Subway
- David Bowie - Changes
- David Bowie - All the Young Dudes
- Oasis - Whatever
- The Monkees - It's Not Too Late
- Green Day - Basket Case
- Vitamin C - Graduation Friends Forever
- Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter - One Tin Soldier
- Belle & Sebastian - Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying
- My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
- Blues Traveler - Hook
- The Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day / Reach for the Sun
- Coolio - C U When U Get There
- Joe Jackson - Hometown
- Tupac - Life Goes On
- Therapy Sisters - Pachelbel's Tantrum
- The Farm - All Together Now
- First Class - Beach Baby
- Traditional - My Jesus I Love Thee
- Mary-Kate and Ashley - Imagine
- Relient K - Operation
- The Farm - All Together Now
- The Polyphonic Spree - Section 9
- Happa-tai - Yatta
- Delerium - Paris
- Aphrodite's Child - Rain and Tears
- Lutricia McNeal - Rise
- Menelik - Je Me Souviens
- Libera - Sanctus
- Ozone - Dragostea Din Tei
Additional Song Links
- Listology - Songs based on Pachelbel's Canon
- Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D major and popular culture
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection
Updated: Apr 5, 2020
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
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