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Johann Pachelbel Hexachordum Apollinis 1699, Chlavicord

Wim Winters
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Wim Winters
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Pachelbel’s magnum opus: The Hexachordum Apollinis (1699)
Most remember Johann Pachelbel (1653~1706) as the South German organist and composer of the now (in)famous Canon in D. But, beyond this, Pachelbel developed a career and fame in his 53 years of life that stretched far beyond the region in which he lived and worked. In 1699, Pachelbel published what is generally considered his magnum opus for the keyboard, the Hexachordum Apollinis (“The six strings of Apollo”). It is a collection of six Arias and variations, the first five’s tonalities representing the first five notes of a hexachord (D to A). The Sixth Aria, the famous Aria Sebaldina, returns to the key of F, but in minor this time. The title of this aria is a reference to the Saint Sebaldus, patron of the Sebalduskirche. The collection was dedicated to Dietrich Buxtehude and Ferdinand Tobias Richter, dear colleagues of Pachelbel, with hopes that Pachelbel’s son Wilhelm Hieronymus (1686-1764) could eventually study with them and receive inspiration from their richly flowing fountain of art (“reichlichst hervorspringenden Kunst-Quelle”).

Wim Winters:
Listening to vinyl, to me, is in the first place embracing the Art of Slowing Down. The preparation, the care, the focus, the hypnosis of the turning disc. You take your time, as a prisoner of the disc’s timing. On an almost shared first place, it’s about the audio quality. Connected to that indescribable feeling in your stomach, relaxation, something that’s not there when listening to digital.

Label: AUTHENTIC SOUND
Artikel: AS001