PACHELBEL:  Ricercare

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706) was a composer, organist and teacher during the German Mid-Baroque. His ouvre consists largely of sacred and secular organ works which enjoyed much prominence and popularity during his lifetime.  He is best known for his Canon in D and the majority of his output consisted of other continuous variation forms such as the Fantasia, Toccata, and Chaconne.  He was strongly influenced by Froberger, Buxtehude, Kerll, Frescobaldi, and Poglietti.  Ricercare in C major (B-flat major in this edition), T. 291, is likely an early work.  It is constructed largely as a three voice imitative composition that features consecutive thirds, a favorite technique featured also in his toccatas.

Mark E. Maronde received a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and composition from Lawrence University in 1979, where he studied with James Ming and Steven Stucky. He has also pursued graduate work in choral conducting at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in music theory at the University of Minnesota. He has worked in the software industry for the past 24 years. Mr. Maronde is active as a composer, arranger, and church musician in the Twin Cities.


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