Pachelbel’s Canon is definitely one of the most overplayed compositions in the classical world. In fact it drives some people up the wall, especially cello players. Ask any cellist you know. They’ll tell you about what it’s like to play the cello part, the same 8 notes over and over and over again. Why did Pachelbel write such a boring part? Well, it has to do with the fact that he, at some point dated a cellist and it did not go very well.
As a conclusion, the ‘greatest hit’ of the baroque period ended up in endless comical arrangements in every musical genre you can imagine. PaGAGnini’s version below is mixing classical music humor with great virtuoso musicianship and will definitely put a smile on your face:
PaGAGnini is an innovative, non-verbal musical show that brings to life some of the most treasured musical pieces in the world in the key of comedy. Throughout the show, the virtuoso violinist Ara Malikian along with three more musicians not only perform some of the greatest compositions of geniuses at the level of Mozart, Pachelbel, Chopin, Boccherini, Falla, Sarasate and of course, Paganini, but also involve popular genres such as rock or folk. PaGAGnini is anything but just a concert. The musicians play, dance, jump, laugh, cry, interact with the audience, converting the show into an original comedy where the violin and the cello transform themselves spontaneously into new and original instruments (guitars, mandolins, percussions).