Like many modern songs, Pachelbel's use canon

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  1. I'm the bird catcher - song of Papageno from the Magic Flute, (C) W.A. Mozart
  2. Allegretto - (C) W.A. Mozart
  3. Sonata in C Minor - (C) J.L. Dussek
  4. Toccata - (C) Jean Baptiste Loeillet
  5. Sarabande from 3rd English Suite - (C) J.S. Brook
  6. Come, heavenly freedom, come - aria from Judas Macabaeus, (C) G.F. Handel
  7. Our God is a strong castle (C) Martin Luther, Johann Pachelbel, J.S. Bach, E. Etzold
  8. Praise the Lord, the Mighty King (C) Ernewerten Hymns 1665, J.G. Walther, E. Etzold

This is where Johann Pachelbel's own arrangement of the canon in D major from 1994 follows. This arrangement is not just a repetition of the canon, which is actually a Passacaglia, but a musical advancement that shows that Pachelbel is by no means all musical possibilities that his idea offered, had exhausted. Therefore, the canon has also become the source and inspiration for some modern music examples. First is the well-known folk song "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell, second and much more closely related to the canon is the melody of a hymn from the 19th century (Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God ). Here the melody "Seek Ye first" is taken note for note from the Canon in D major over many bars.

The musical roots of the songs "Seek Ye First" and "Streets of London" in Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D major"

Pachelbel's canon consists of a chord sequence that is constantly repeated and gradually expanded melodically. The chords are: D A h f sharp / G D e7 A
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The same chord progression is used by Ralph Mc Tell for the guitar accompaniment of "Streets of London". We first listen to the vocal melody of the first four bars:
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Which of the two songs does this melody belong to? "Streets of London" or "Seek Ye First"? Even a connoisseur will find it difficult to assign the two melodies to the correct song if you put him to the test and play one of them and then ask him which song they belong to.
 
And now we listen to four bars from Pachelbel's Canon:
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It can be clearly heard that the same harmonization is the basis here too.
We go one step further:
 
Now we take measures 5 to 8 of "Seek Ye First":
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If we let them sound together with bars 5 to 8 of "Streets of London", we find that they do not go together.
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But the impression is deceptive. If I now take the melody of the chorus from "Streets of London" and set it parallel to bars 5 to 8 of "Seek ye First", it sounds like this at first:
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Quite dissonant, and consistently. This suggests that one of the two melodies has been shifted by one pitch. We now take the chorus melody from "Streets of London" and set it one note higher, and see: it fits.
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Now only Pachelbel's canon is missing in the ensemble:
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The refrain or the upper part of "Seek Ye First" is taken directly from the Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel:
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For comparison, the original from Pachelbel:
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And now both superimposed again:
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These examples show how the Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel produced a hymn from the 19th century and a folk song from the 20th century as offshoots, both of which, however, cannot deny their musical origins.
The verse melody of the song "Streets of London" has been taken almost identically from the hymn "Seek Ye First". And the truth about the origin of these songs must be: Both songs are different stages of development of the same music: Johann Pachelbel's canon in D major. So we can say: Pachelbel is the real father of the songs "Seek ye first" and "Streets of London".
 
Left:
Alison Vardy, Solo Celtic Harpist with a nice arrangement of Streets of London / Canon in D major
Doug Wagner arranges Seek Ye First / Canon in D major.

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