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Pasadena residents can hear Pachelbel's Canon as it was originally written

25 Jan 2013 10:54 AM
Four Greenwich musicians to perform pieces from the classical canon

Many classical music aficionados find it hard to enjoy performances without wondering what the music would have sounded like when it was originally performed. In the hundreds of years since the bulk of the classical music canon was created, instrumentation and performance techniques have transformed significantly, which means that the music we hear today could sound little like it did when it was first played.

Luckily for owners of Pasadena real estate, members of the renowned local classic music troupe Musica Angelica will soon perform the classic Pachelbel's Canon using traditional instruments. The event, "Fiddlers Three," will take place on Saturday, January 26 at Neighborhood Church and is expected to be one of the classical music highlights of 2013.

The famous piece is rarely performed using Pachelbel's instrumentation and instructions, so guests will be able to experience the music in a way that they likely never have before, something that classical purists in Pasadena are sure to appreciate.

"Our audiences will hear Pachelbel's Canon performed in an entirely different light, with the three violins making clear the individual voices playing off each other," Musica Angelica's Concertmaster, Cynthia Roberts, told Pasadena Now.

The three violins Roberts refers to are the three central figures in much of Pachelbel's work. As originally composed, many of his pieces called for three violinists to take center stage and guide the audience through the complicated score with individual solos and collaborative playing. Today, however, most orchestras retain their traditional structure, thereby altering the musical emphasis from Pachelbel's original intentions.

Musica Angelica made the decision to revert to Pachelbel's initial vision to help transport audience members to a different time and place. Each of the group's three respected violinists - Roberts, Janet Strauss and Neli Nikolaeva - will get a chance to show their individual skills, but it is the way that they mingle and play off of each other that will lend this specific performance its evocative power and please Pasadena's most ardent chamber music fans.

"Each of the instrumentalists gets a chance to shine in individual passages," Roberts told the source. "But, when they perform together in any number of different combinations, they create beautifully varied sonorities and colors."