How Pachelbels' "Canon in D" became a wedding song

As wedding traditions evolve, it becomes increasingly common to walk down the aisle to sappy, chart-toppers by Ed Sheeran or wistful acoustic covers of classic rock hits. But Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” a composition that shares elements of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” remains a perennial. It was never intended to be.

When and where Pachelbel’s Canon originated, and why exactly he composed it, is largely a mystery to music historians. It dates to the late-17th or early 18th century, and there’s speculation that it was written as a gift for the wedding of Johann Sebastian Bach’s older brother. But even then, Pachelbel’s Canon was still definitively not a wedding song. Music works by Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn, on the other hand, were explicitly bridal marches.

What prompted the melody’s meteoric rise was a 1960s recording by the French conductor Jean- Francois Paillard. “This thing became really popular — just as a thing of popular music — from that recording,” said the conductor Kent Tritle, the director of cathedral music and an organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The piece shot to even greater stardom in 1980 as the theme tune and opening song in “Ordinary People “ a film starring Mary Tyler Moore and directed by Robert Redford that won several Academy Awards, including for best picture.

And yet, at that stage, Pachelbel’s Canon was still not a wedding song.

What finally catapulted the song to matrimonial fame was Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s fairy-tale wedding in 1981. The royal couple did not use Pachelbel’s Canon, but they did use a baroque processional — “Prince of Denmark's March “ (Also known as “Trumpet Voluntary”  by Jeremiah Clarke — drawing sudden, far-reaching attention to other baroque composers like Pachelbel.

Source: Alexandra S. Devine : New York Times

The Cake Cost How Much?

Imagine spending €100,000 on your wedding cake. Not the whole shebang, not the rings, not even the dress, but the cake, which nobody eats. In a recent episode of Extremes Cheapskates, a tight-fisted bride had three tiers of polystyrene cubes "iced" with pastel modelling clay and decorated with ribbons and fresh flowers. It looked fantastic in the pictures, everybody clapped when the couple pretended to cut it and nobody noticed that they didn't get a slice with their tea.

A recent newspaper article tells the story that an Irish Bride did actually spend €100,000 on her (edible) wedding cake. Apparently the cake came from an exclusive New York bakery known for its "statement" cakes. The owner, Sylvia Weinstock, baked it herself, personally oversaw the packing of the confection into 20 boxes, and then she and a team of assistants flew with it to Dublin. At the wedding hotel the team reassembled its six tiers beneath a towering two-metre cascade of edible flowers.

Presumably,the wedding guests did sample it with their tea/coffee !

Have a Great 2019!

We are now taking bookings at competitive rates for the remainder of 2019, for 2020 and beyond. Whatever your wedding or reception music requirements, the Rondo Trio will satisfactorily enhance the event for you. It is always best to book early and thereby avoid disappointment.

Special Request - Viva la Vida

At a recent church wedding we played the Coldplay version of "Viva La Vida" and will again perform "Viva La Vida" as well as our special arrangement of "One Day Like This" as performed by Elbow and Elton John's "Your Song". These tunes and many more are now some of special favourites requested by present day brides to be. Just let us know what your special wedding music requirements are and we will arrange and perform them for you on your special day.