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Canon in D is certainly the most popular and enduring work of Johann Pachelbel (1653-1674). With its repetitive and foundational bass line and the lyrical imitative themes that follow, this music has proven to be especially well suited as a wedding processional, with the flexibility to reduce or lengthen the music as needed for the occasion.


Here it has been arranged by William Himes for brass band with flexible scoring, meaning it is playable by as few as 12 players but works equally well with a traditional size band. There is an optional cut reducing the total length of the piece by around 1.30 minutes if required.


PDF download includes score and full set of parts.


Sheet music available from:

UK -




Difficulty Level: 4th Section +



Soprano Cornet Eb (optional)

1st Cornet Bb (2 players)

2nd Cornet Bb

Flugel Horn Bb (optional)

1st Horn Eb

2nd Horn Eb

Baritone Bb

1st Trombone Bb

2nd Trombone Bb

Bass Trombone

Euphonium Bb (2nd player optional)

Bass Eb

Bass Bb

Timpani (optional)

Percussion (optional)


Pachelbel for Brass (Canon in D) - Brass Band (Pachelbel arr. William Himes)

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