Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706): Der Herr ist König – Maîtrise des Hauts de France

The choristers of the Maîtrise des Hauts de France performing Johann Pachelbel’s Der Herr ist König at a concert given at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mansfield, Ohio, in July of this year as part of their summer tour of the USA and Canada.

Pachelbel was chiefly a composer of organ and music for harpsichord here was born in Nuremburg and educated as an organist. He accepted posts as organist in a number of towns including Erfurt (where he became friendly with the Bach family), winding up eventually back in Nuremburg where he took the most prestigious and well-paid post in the city that of organist at St Sebaldus Church. He mostly composed for organ and harpsichord and as an organist he wasn’t contractually obliged to composed music for  liturgical purposes (this was standard in Germany at the time). The fact that they weren’t obliged to write for the liturgy didn’t prevent organists from doing so voluntarily and Pachelbel like Buxtehude did so. Amongst his vocal works are included eleven motets, ten of which are bi-choral (for eight voices in two choirs). Enjoy :-)

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Video Source: Der Herr ist König, Johann Pachelbel – Maîtrise des Hauts de France – French Boys’ Choir. – YouTube Published on 8 Sep 2015 by Maîtrise des Hauts de France – French Boys’ Choir

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