Johann Christoph Pachelbel. By: Javier Biera Miguel Iriarte. Index. His life Youth and education Career Final years Family Compositions Keyboard music Chamber music Vocal music Curiosities. His life (youth and education). Was born in Nuremberg (Germany) in 1653 .
By: Javier Biera
Was born in Nuremberg (Germany) in 1653.
We don’t know the exactly day of his birth, but we know he was baptized on September 1.
In his early youth he had some music classes from Heinrich Schwemmer and Georg Caspar Wecker.
These two musicians were student of Johann Erasmus Kindermann.
In 1673 he went to Vienna
where he became an
organist of the St.
In 1677 he moved to
Eisenach and he found a
work as court organist.
In June 1678 he was employed as organist of Predigerkirche in Erfurt and he remain there for 12 years.
September 1 in 1690 he was a musician-organist in the Württemberg court at Stuttgart.
In 1692 he published his first
liturgical music collection (Acht
In 1695 he moved to Nuremberg.
Finally he died in 1706 in
Nuremberg at the age of 52.
He married twice.
The first time he had a child, but in 1683 during a plague his wife and his son died.
The second time he married Judith Drommer.
He had five sons and two daughters, two of his sons also became organ composers.
Is relatively simple written for manuals organs.
Only two volumes of Pachelbel organ music were published.
the half of
The Cannon in D is the most famous composition of this genre.
The Musicalische Ergötzung is a set of six chamber suites.
It was published in 1695.
Pachelbel had a very near relation with the Bach family.
He taught J. Christoph Bach, brother of J. S. Bach.
And he was godfather of
one of his sisters.