of music written by Johann Pachelbel is a set of
6 arias with variations that was published in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1699 by Johann Christoph
Wiegel. There are still 10 surviving
copies in several international libraries.
one of the first European composers to explore the idea of secular
variations and these six arias are:
with 6 variations
Aria Secunda with 5 variations
Aria Tertia with 6 variations
Aria Quarta with 6 variations
Aria Quinta with 6 variations
Aria Sexta Sebaldina with 8 variations
The name has a
loose translation of “Six Strings of Apollo” and the publications describes it as “six arias to be
played on the organ, or harpsichord, to those simple melodies are added variations
for the pleasuse of Friends of the Muses”. Pachelbel
dedicated the works to Ferdinand Tobias Richter and Dietrich Buxtehude and stated
that he hoped one day that his eldest son, William Hieronymus would be
taught by either one.
The preface in
the collection also includes Pachelbel’s
thoughts on how music is an art that affects human desires and emotions and
also the popular belief that it emanated from “Dreimal-Heilig
(Three Times Holy)”.
The works have
been recorded several times with the entire collection appearing on Hexichordum Appolinis
1699 by the artists Edoardo Bellotti.
Musica Antiqua Koln recordings
118-2 (CD: Buxtehude/Pachelbel Kammermusik,