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Strings, The Baroque Period Lesson 1: Pachelbel and Bach

Learning About Stringed Instruments

How Strings Work

How Violins Are Made

Interactive Notebook: orchestra string members

Print out, complete, and add the following pages to your notebook.

The String Family

Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, organist, and teacher who brought the south German organ schools to their peak. He composed a large body of sacred and secular music, and his contributions to the development of the chorale prelude and fugue have earned him a place among the most important composers of the middle Baroque era.

Pachelbel’s music enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime; he had many pupils and his music became a model for the composers of south and central Germany. Today, Pachelbel is best known for the Canon in D, as well as the Chaconne in F minor, the Toccata in E minor for organ, and the Hexachordum Apollinis, a set of keyboard variations.

Listen to Pachelbel’s “Cannon in D”

Now check out this variation, entitled “Rockelbel’s Canon”

Binder Pages

Composer Trading Cards

Biography of Johann Palchelbel

Palchelbel Wordsearch

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

Toccata & Fugue in D minor

Extra Credit: Hear It Played on The Harp

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Binder Pages

Biography of Bach

Bach Interactive Pages

Bach Wordsearch


Grab a hymnal and sing a couple of these hymns that Bach wrote:

A Mighty Fortress

Christ Is the World’s True Light

If Thou But Suffer God to Guide

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Now Rest beneath Nights Shadows

Now Thank We All Our God

O Sacred Head

Extra Credit

Bach Booklet