The collection includes a preface in which Pachelbel dedicates the work to Dieterich Buxtehude and Ferdinand Tobias Richter and briefly discusses the nature of music. Hexachordum Apollinis the title roughly translates to "Six Strings of Apollo" was published in in Nuremberg by Johann Christoph Weigel , a publisher who had worked with Pachelbel before.
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The frontispiece, created by Cornelius Nicolaus Schurz, describes the collection as "six arias to be played on the organ, or the harpsichord, to whose simple melodies are added variations for the pleasure of Friends of the Muses. Pachelbel wrote a short preface dated November 20, , in which he dedicated the collection to Dieterich Buxtehude and Ferdinand Tobias Richter and expresses a hope that his eldest son Wilhelm Hieronymus might study with one of them it is unknown whether this hope was realized.
Pachelbel also confesses that "something weightier and more unusual" than this work should have been written for the occasion,  apparently feeling that this is not his best work. Pachelbel alludes to the "friendly nature" of Buxtehude and Richter, which might indicate that he knew one of them or both, perhaps through correspondence.
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Another topic discussed in the preface is the nature of music. Pachelbel writes that music is the finest of the arts, governing human emotions and desires, and expresses the "belief of many" that music comes from the "Dreymal-Heilig" sung by angels  and from the movement of celestial bodies a belief, Pachelbel points out, shared by Pythagoras and Plato. A separate page of the preface illuminates a cabalistic aspect of Hexachordum Apollinis: Other instances of numerological devices in Hexachodrum Apollinis may exist, but as of are yet to be researched.
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Of all published works by Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis had the widest distribution and survives in more than 10 copies in various libraries in Berlin , London , The Hague , Rochester , and other cities. The collection contains six arias with variations, all on original, secular themes. The practice of composing variations on original themes was a relatively new one  one previous instance was Frescobaldi 's Aria detta la Frescobalda from the Secondo libro di toccate ; of Pachelbel's contemporaries Bernardo Pasquini was one of the main exponents of this trend , and Pachelbel was among the first in Europe to explore the form.
The overall plan of Hexachordum Apollinis is as follows:. There is a distinct difference between Aria Sebaldina and the preceding five arias.
First of all, the first arias are arranged so that their keys span a perfect fifth , the keys of a hexachord. According to the old hexachordal principle the sixth aria should've been in B-flat major. Furthermore, this aria is in 3 4 time, whereas the other arias are in common time.
The number of variations is larger than that of any other aria, and Aria Sebaldina is also the only one provided with a subtitle. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Enabled Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Would you like to report this content as inappropriate?
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