Johann Pachelbel is remembered today for his Canon in D major, but he was an outstandingly
successful organist and composer whose musical legacy is in fact quite broad and varied. Of his
keyboard pieces the Hexachordum Apollinis is regarded as the pinnacle of his oeuvre and was a
work to which Pachelbel himself attached great importance. Consisting of six arias with variations,
the collection brings together the influence of several schools of music, all filtered through the
composer’s refined tastes and superlative technical skill. The splendid Chaconne anticipates Bach
and is one of Pachelbel’s best-known keyboard pieces.
Instruments details: German school, after M. Mietke (c.1700, located at Berlin’s Charlottenburg
Castle), made by Federico Mascheroni in 2017. This two-manual instrument has two 8’ and one 4’
registers, as well as the lute one.