Disarming Pachelbel
Songs of Praise and Exaltation!

This year, A Joyful Noyse’s Advent concert will focus on a composer who is known by almost all for his Canon in D, but whose other works have been rarely performed or recorded. The early music ensemble is in residence at Hancock Church in Lexington and provides the church with service music as well as concerts of sacred and secular music.

Born in 1655, in Nuremberg, Germany, Johann Pachelbel was extremely popular and respected in his own lifetime. Considered to be the last of the great southern German baroque composers, he worked in many of the music centers of southern Germany, including Vienna, but returned to the city of his birth to spent the last years of his career, 1695 – 1706.

A number of interesting connections between Boston and Pachelbel exist. In 1940 the first recording of his incredibly popular Canon was made by Arthur Fiedler’s Sinfonietta. In 1733 one of his sons, Charles Theodore Pachelbel, was a Boston resident. In that same year he helped install the new organ at Trinity Church in Newport, RI, later going to New York City where, in 1736, he organized what is considered to be the first public classical music concert in NYC. On that program was his Magnificat for double choir, which will also be presented by A Joyful Noyse and special guest choir the Three Rivers Chorus, directed by Ellen Oak.

In this concert a number of J. Pachelbel’s works will be heard for the first time in the Boston area, including his Magnificat in Eb for strings and voices. The program will end with his grand Lobet den Herrn, for chorus, soloists and an orchestra consisting of strings, recorders, oboes, trumpets, trombones, harpsichord and organ.

The concert will take place at 3:00p.m., on Sunday, Dec 2nd, in the Sanctuary of Hancock Church, located at 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA. Parking is available at the rear of the church and there is handicapped access. The concert is free, but adonation of $10, to support the music programs of Hancock Church, will be accepted.