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How to Make an Easter Hymn from Pachebel’s Canon

“I don’t know how you could possibly write music!”

It’s a refrain I hear often, even from talented musicians. And I can understand why they say that.

Writing music might seem like organizing thousands of isolated pitches and rhythms. For example, my latest arrangement included 2320 notes, 1273 rhythms, and 281 rests.

That’s daunting. But there is another way, and Pachebel’s Canon and its friends reveal the centuries-old secret.

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