The Pachelbel “Loose” Canon

In this afternoon’s mail I received a Delos CD titled For Thy Pleasure featuring the Los Angelos Guitar Quartet. The members of the LAGQ are Bill Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, Andrew York and John Dearman. Most of the music is Baroque, but I think a little Renaissance slipped in with the Monteverdi.

I ordered the CD because of the last track, variations on the Pachalbel Cannon, which I heard on our one remaining classical music station last week.The selection is unique. After stating the theme, the variations progress through Reggae, Dumbau, Bluegrass, Funk, Jazz, Punk, Grunge and Rumba. (I missed at least one transition.)

Scott Tennant—author of Pumping Nylon, a book on guitar techniques—wrote the program notes for the album. Here is part of what he said about their rendition of the Canon

All beauty aside, we in the LAGQ have searched for other qualities we feel have been lying dormant within this masterpiece for the last two centuries. We hope that we have awakened some of this potential here.

The whole CD was good, an enjoyable 55:17.

I couldn’t find a link to samples from this CD, but you can go here for some short LAGQ videos. (Real Player mad )

I didn’t look hard enough yesterday. You can go to the Canton MA Library Gala Announcement and then click on enter. The Canon plays as background music.

http://town.canton.ma.us/library/gala/default.html

17 thoughts on “The Pachelbel “Loose” Canon

  1. Was this done with classical guitar or electric? Some of the most amazing players have done breathaking renditions of classical music (in the sense that old is classic not the actual period). Malmsteen, the Calfornia guitar trio, bootlegs of the Hellecasters, all outstanding work which is either a demonstration of the timelessness of the music or as a showcase of a particular player’s abilities.

  2. Great site… but, ALAS! you shall die soon, as everyone does. Now, taking Pascal’s Wager into effect, don’t you think it would a good thing to do? Most of U.S. have completely lost our Way home to Heaven (or Hell. Many people find it too hard to follow the Lord, so, they get conformed to the pleasures of this Finite Existence. God doesn’t send you to Hell. You do); We just don’t care anymore about the Great Beyond; We choose this Finite Existence to be our home with alla the mortal sin so repulsive to the Trinity… but, yet, you KNOW we’ll have to answer one day at our demise WHY we followed a lie. Wanna find out the TRUTH? Follow my URL. God bless.

  3. God doesn’t send you to Hell. You do

    No YOU did… that ugly-ass website is a little bit of Hell right here on the web.  Make the world a better place: take your nose out of your book of fairy tales and crack open “HTML for Dummies,” for Chrissake!

    captcha: “yes”

  4. Going to have to order that one!  My son the guitarist had heard them, says they’re incredible. And I’d love to hear variations on the Canon.

    (…ignoring the HTML design-genius god-shouter)

  5. OK C4C, I’m game – tell me why you follow a lie. Oh yeah I guess you did, you adhere to Pascal’s ploy which of course ignores intellectual integrity and the fact that are thousands of these god fools in which one could pretend to believe.

    For those that are truly honest and capable of logical thought such a decision is elementary – no god described, to date, exists. Period. No gods, no demons, no devils, no angels, no ghosts, no leprechauns, no spells, no curses, no wishes, no elves, no fairies, no succubus, no incubus, no hydra, no cyclops, no great white buffalo, no dagon, no zeus, no thor, no ra, no chtulu, no jesus, no et-fuckin-cetera!

    Pascal also backfires if the alleged god prefers the self-honest atheist to those that believe in the wrong god.

    You go ahead and waste your life being afraid of the unknown. I have better things to do!

  6. Was this done with classical guitar or electric?

    I believe that the CD was all classical guitar. I have to qualify that statement because one of the voices in the Bluegrass portion of the Canon sounded very much like a banjo.

    The last video clip (several years old) on the second URL has interviews with the members of the group. I got the sense that they intended to experiment to see what they can do with the instrument.

    decrepitoldfool, I probably don’t have to advise you to shop around. I ordered through overstock.com and, with shipping, I got a better price than the one quoted by Delos.

  7. Ah, Pascal’s Wager rears its head once again. C4C needs to look around the site a bit more before bothering with that one. It’s been addressed more than once.

  8. Thanks for this post Vern.  I love Pachalbel’s Cannon.  I have ordered this CD and I am very much looking forward to it!

    captcha – mind

  9. There’s only 2 realms after our demise … and 1 of ‘em ain’t too cool. I hope you atheists WILL believe after the Warning sent from above; I’d sure hate to see you cast into the Abyss for not believing when you’ve had this WHOLE – FINITE – EXISTENCE to repent (HintHint). May God flagrantly bless you with massive discernment… and may he fill-up your indelible souls withe fruit that’ll never perish.

  10. There’s only 2 realms after our demise

    And your evidence is?

    I hope you atheists WILL believe after the Warning sent from above;

    Haven’t seen any warnings yet, if Jesus shows up and tells me to believe in him or burn I’ll spit in his eye! Fucking egomaniacal sadist!

    I’d sure hate to see you cast into the Abyss for not believing when you’ve had this WHOLE – FINITE – EXISTENCE to repent (HintHint).

    This existence is all there is fool. Repent for what? Living?

    May God flagrantly bless you with massive discernment… and may he fill-up your indelible souls withe fruit that’ll never perish.

    Would that be kiwi?

  11. Would that be kiwi?

    Naw, I think it’s prunes in order to cleanse your soul for Christ.

    Every time I see someone post some bullshit about eternal demise I wonder why they’re not locked up and receiving some much need psychiatric care.

  12. There’s only 2 realms after our demise … and 1 of ‘em ain’t too cool. I hope you atheists WILL believe after the Warning sent from above; I’d sure hate to see you cast into the Abyss for not believing when you’ve had this WHOLE – FINITE – EXISTENCE to repent (HintHint). May God flagrantly bless you with massive discernment… and may he fill-up your indelible souls withe fruit that’ll never perish.

    By any chance, are you the BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT guy from the other thread?

  13. By any chance, are you the BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT guy from the other thread?

    Probably not. Catalyst offered us Pascal’s wager when this thread was still near the top of the main page. The tsunami appears to have been an opportunity to return and say I told you so.

  14. Isn’t it ironic how a natural disaster, no matter where it takes place, can give them an opportunity to explain why “those people” deserved it and how they’re so much better?

    Nobody ever gets walloped by a hurricane and says, “Well, *I* deserved it.”

  15. a poem, instead,
    might get this thread
    right back on track
    (I’ll get some flack
    for this, I know)
    but here we go:

    Pachelbel
    may be in hell
    for all I know
    where Lutherans go
    unless they’re blissed
    like Catalyst

    …but that Canon in D of his is certainly catchy, isn’t it?  I spent years playing street music, and two tunes we did always got a crowd: the Canon, and a Bouree by Praetorius.  Something about how both these pieces grow, simply and organically.  Like life.

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