As an amateur musician playing classical flute/recorder duets on wind synth, I’ve always enjoyed playing Canon in D by J. Pachelbel. Yet I keep hearing and reading in music lectures and articles that Pachelbel’s Canon is mediocre, underwhelming, overplayed music. I can understand the overplayed part, but mediocre and underwhelming? Why? In a lecture by Robert Greenberg (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), it was claimed this piece is often called “Taco Bell’s Canon” by music students. My duet partner and I really enjoy playing it, and when we play it in a public performance, we always get positive comments from the audience.
So why do “serious musicians” so dislike Pachelbel’s Canon?