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.
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”
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
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