Pachelbel Canon in D for Solo Violin

I hadn’t realised that I had forgotten to upload this to my site. This is an arrangement I had made of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged for Solo Violin. It is much adapted and abridged, and makes use of double stops to make the illusion of multiple voices in some parts, while reverting to single lines where necessary. Uses only the “interesting” parts.

This arrangement is © 2006 Ben Clapton, however I do give permission for this piece to be performed anywhere in the world, for whatever purpose (busking, weddings etc) on the sole condition that I be notified by e-mail to or as a comment to this post as to the location (City, Country) that it will be performed in. Comments about the arrangement are always welcome, but please – constructive criticism or praise only.

This arrangement has been performed in places such as the US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Download Ben Clapton’s arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon in D for solo violin.Download Pachelbel’s Canon for Solo Violin

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55 thoughts on “Pachelbel Canon in D for Solo Violin

  1. Hi Ben,

    That was a great arrangement of Canon in D for solo violin. I also heard a similar version arrangement but some added on stuff to it. However, I am unable to transcribe or provide any clue as to what the violinist did to it. He didn’t play the entire plece but it provided enough clues to what he did to make it a wonderful arrangement of this piece. If you keen, I can give you the link and perhaps you have a better idea as to what he did.


    1. Please send me a link. I play the violin and I just absolutley love this song it just really touches my heart and I really want to play it.

      If there is a version of Canon in D that would be appropriate for a girl like me who has been playing violin for 3 years now. Just to make it a little easier for me to play.

      1. Hi Silhouette,
        The link to the music is in the post. You’ll probably find it right for your level if you take out the double stops. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to do that (time is very short for me at the moment). However, if you ask your teacher, I’m sure they’ll be able to help. They’ll also be able to recommend other music for you – without actually hearing you play, I won’t know what level you’re at, so I can’t recommend pieces that will be good for you.
        However, if you go to, there is a great repertoir tool there which will give you suggestions based on other pieces you’ve played. Figure out what level you’re at and you’ll get etudes, solos, violin and piano and violin and orchestra suggestions of what else you could play.

    2. Hi Ben,
      Thanks for the great arrangement!
      This will be performed in Chanhassen, MN on June 10th.
      Thank you,
      Ellie Fregni

  2. Hi, I just happened upon your website while searching for wedding music! I love that it is Christ centered. Is there any way I can get ahold of this piece? Do you already have it recorded? I love violin music but don’t have anyone who could play it. Is there a place where I could download or buy it? Please email me if that is the case. Thank you and Lord bless you!

  3. I will be getting engaged soon, and I really want one of my friends who plays the violin to play an unaccompanied violin solo of Canon in D at my wedding. It would be really special, but it is so hard to find one. So thank you for posting this! We are hoping to get married in December of 2011 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Your site seems great, I love that it is a Christian blog!


  4. This looks good. I HOPE to learn it in time for a wedding in Cootamundra, Australia, this weekend.
    Thanks a heap.

  5. Thanks for posting this arrangement! I’ll be playing it as part of a violin/guitar duet at a wedding this coming Sunday in Bryan, Texas, USA. It’s an outdoor wedding, so I’d best print the thing on a laser printer so my sweat won’t smear the notes…

  6. Thanks for this wonderful arrangement! i am hoping to play this in a wedding in around 2-3 months in Melbourne, Australia! This arrangement is perfect for the kind of wedding they wanted (solo violin only =P)

  7. Hello! Thank you for making this arrangement. I’ll be playing it at my sister-in-law’s wedding in Bishop, CA in two weeks! 🙂 I had been awfully worried about how to make a Canon all by my lonesome until now!

  8. Any 6th grade level Violin music?

    I am a 6th grader 12 years old. I have been playing Violin since I was in 3rd grade. So I am a 3rd year Violinist. Please give me links of names of music for a 6th grader to play on the violin. Thanks! 🙂

    ~Violin is my heart and soul~

  9. Hi,

    Thanks so much for this! Am playing this at a friend’s ring ceremony in Manly, Sydney this Saturday. I was worried as she couldn’t find anyone to accompany me, so I feel a lot better about playing this solo now!

  10. Thank you very much for posting this arrangement. I intend to use it for a wedding in Irvine, CA, USA, and think that the double stops and strategic editing will make it sound much richer and less bare than it often does when performed solo or duo.

    Again, my thanks!

  11. New York City, New York, USA

    Thank you so much for posting your arrangement! I will be using it for busking :-).

  12. Hi!
    Thanks for doing a solo violin arrangement. It’s great to have for weddings when I can’t get my entire quartet together, I can just play myself. It’s a good arrangement as well!
    All the best,

  13. Valencia, CA for my cousin’s wedding

    Thanks for saving me some time on putting one together myself. This sounds great!

  14. Thank you for this arrangement! I was getting ready to do something similar when I found your arrangement, and decided not to reinvent the wheel. I’ll be playing it at a wedding next month near Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

  15. Thank you so much for this beautiful arrangement! I will be using it to play in a wedding in Penobscot Maine this summer! The bride asked me to play solo violin Canon in D and I was going to tell her it couldn’t be done, but now that I see this arrangement she will be so pleased! I also love that this blog is Christ-centered. God bless and thank you again.

  16. Thank you for this arrangement. I will use it in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a wedding in September.

  17. My kids are going to perform this piece in Rochester, NY in a wedding september 1, 2012. Thanks for the arrangement!

  18. So glad to find an arrangement for solo violin! I will playing this at a wedding in Lansing, MI in a few weeks.

  19. Nice arrangement. I took it down an octave and will be playing it on cello at my cousin’s wedding in Houston, TX.

  20. this is a very beautiful version; i love the double stops. it will be played in the american south for a multi-cultural wedding ceremony in the most beautiful park in our city, a lake surrounded by colourful azalea blossoms, bright white dogwood tree blossoms, mossy cedar trees dripping in lacy spanish moss, and most of all, LOVE! ~thank you~

  21. Thank you for sharing this! I will be playing it at a wedding this May, @ Wijk bij Duurstede, the Netherlands

  22. I just wanted to say thanks for making this arrangement for Canon in D!! It’s a very beautiful arrangement and I’ve played it while busking at times at the 7 Eleven in Edgewood, MD 🙂 ❤

  23. Hello there. I may be playing this arrangement at an outside wedding in Michigan, which will be taking place this summer. I haven’t played through it yet, so we shall see. Thank you very much 🙂

  24. Ben, THANK YOU for your generosity in posting this version! I am playing at a wedding this Saturday, June 27th, in Brandywine PA at the Brandywine River Museum, also called the Wyeth Museum. I am playing as a gift for the wedding of a friend’s son. This friend just had a kidney replacement and her only son is a great young man who was adopted by our friends from a young and scared pregnant teen. It’s been a long road for them and that’s a long way of saying this is a meaningful event and the version I had arranged myself was a bit thin without harmonies in parts. Thank you for taking the time to write and to post this.
    I’ve been to Australia once and NZ 4 times (preferred the latter for revisits, but loved Coober Pedy and Uluru!)

  25. This is an excellent arrangement for solo violin- thank you! I plan to play it at my niece’s wedding on Long Island, New York, USA. Thank you again!

  26. Hello
    I’ll preform this piece in a wedding in Silves, Portugal (it’s my first time playing in a wedding, and I’m not a professional. I just have some formation).
    Thank you for making this arrangement public!

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