the title reads “classical music masters”, not “overrated composers who wrote a single boring canon”.

This was in response to someone posting what we all now know as Pachelbel’s canon.

I was explaining to some students that this work was fairly unknown when I was growing up. I asked if they knew what made it so popular and they had no idea.

Anyone remember the Robert Redford film, “Ordinary People”? Well, that’s where it got it’s start. At least for the majority of us. This clip — the trailer of the film — might help demonstrate what I mean:


  1. I remember this as a very powerful movie. MTM was extreamly effective in making me hate the character she played. I didn’t remember the music, however. I doubt it would be rated R today.

  2. Yes, it was such a shock to see her play this role. SOOOO cold. I loved the movie when I saw it back then. I haven’t seen it since, so I don’t know if it stands the test ‘o time for me.

  3. Oh, and there’s a scene where the boy is in his high school choir and they are singing the Pachelbel canon.