Johann Pachelbel was a talented composer, organist, and teacher who lived during the Baroque era, roughly the same period as other famous composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi. Some of his music has been said to have even influenced the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Pachelbel showed musical interest and ability from an early age and even studied with leading instructors in his town.
Though he worked much of his life as an organist, he also wrote a lot of music, including works for the organ, harpsichord, chamber groups, and voice. If you’ve been to a wedding, it’s possible you’ve heard his most famous work – the Canon in D major – a piece that has accompanied many brides walking down the aisle.