Just as in “Pachelbel’s Canon,” this sarabande is built on an attractive harmonic progression. Students should be aware that this type of dance has an emphasis on the second beat. This stress is necessary for keeping the music flowing. The right hand consists of triads, which need to be voiced to the top. Paying attention to dynamics adds variety to the repeats of each section. Though it appears simple, this is a lovely choice for introducing students to the music of Johann Pachelbel.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow