Ask any cellist. They’ll tell you about what’s it’s like to play the cello part of Pachebel’s Canon in D. It’s the same 8 notes over and over and over again. The good news is, it’s easy to memorize. The bad news is you don’t know when to stop. There’s a rumor floating around that says Pachelbel either died while writing it, never finishing the cello part, or that he dated a cellist and it did NOT go well. This arrangement is dedicated to all the cellists that have fallen asleep while playing this song…or at least wanted to fall asleep. Steven Sharp Nelson actually began writing this arrangment while bored at a wedding.
Ahem…all the bitter cello-malice aside, Pachelbel’s Canon in D (written in the 1600’s) has stood the test of time — celebrated as the most recognizable piece of classical music. We like to call it the “one-hit wonder of the 1600’s.” It really is an amazingly-catchy piece of music. It demonstrates the musical form of the “canon,” when a melody is played and then repeated in a round by other voices. (watch how the melodies are passed from one cello to the next - right to left)
ALL THE SOUNDS YOU HEAR WERE CREATED BY THE CELLO — bowing, plucking, strumming, and beating the cello any way possible.
Jim let his dog out to relieve himself late one night. He watched some TV, and then remembered to let the dog back in. When he opened the door, he was shocked at what he saw! In his dog’s mouth was his neighbor’s cat, dead!
“Bad dog! BAD DOG!” said the panicked man. He took the cat away and looked at it. He couldn’t bring himself to tell his neighbor what happened, so he decided to clean it up and leave it on the neighbor’s porch. He took the cat into the bathroom and washed off all the blood and dirt. It took him forever. He had to wash it four times to get it all cleaned. He brushed it’s beautiful black fur as he blow dried it, and put its collar back on. Since it was so dark, he crept into the neighbor’s yard and laid the cat down on the porch in front of the door.
The next day, he was on his way to the car to go to work and his neighbor was outside. “Hi,” he said. “Hi,” replied Jim, nervously. His neighbor said, “Something weird happened last night.” “Oh yeah? What’s that,” asked Jim, sweating now. “Well, my cat died yesterday, and we buried him.
In 1986, while living in Singapore, this melody came to me one quiet evening. Originally, the influenced of listening to many beautiful Chinese songs inspired me to compose this piece. However, as you can hear, I’ve arranged this instrumental composition for piano as well as for other instruments with a Latin rhythm.
Well, that was in 1986.
If he did come to Singapore in the present year, I’ll wonder what will be his inspiration this time …. hmmm…
A new piano solo arrangement of a beautiful piece composed by Camille Saint-SaÃ«ns entitled THE SWAN from his Suite “The Carnival of the Animals.” A very beautiful and mesmerizing piece of music performed by Robert Van Horne. He is able to capture the essence of this piece and you can even imagine a Sunday afternoon in a laid back place by the pond, with swans gently sliding across the pond with waves of tiny ripples, in an otherwise totally still and mirroring water surface. Enjoy.
This music is wrote and performed with all the sounds you hear created by different parts of the piano (except the vocals of course). According to The Piano Guys, they wanted this to be a fun music video full of “Christmas Spirit.” While the video primarily presents the “fun” side of Christmas (complete with cameo appearances by Christmas icons which “helped” them film), they wanted the music to portray what, to them, is the true meaning of the Holiday season.