Canon is the third stage of Piano Tiles 2. It is unlocked when the player reaches Level 2.

Background Edit

Johann Pachelbel is known for his organ and other keyboard music, today also renowned for his achivements in chamber music and church music. However, a lot of his chamber music did not survive; Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo, also known as Canon and Gigue in D, is one of the few ones that did.

The canon is his most famous work. The Gigue, on the other hand, was rarely played. However, the Canon was not published until 1919 by a scholar Gustav Beckmann. Even still, it did not gain popularity until decades later, in 1968, a recording by Jean-François Paillard chamber orchestra was made. Since then, it has been transcribed and performed in many different renditions.

The original instrumentation is 3 violins and a violoncello, with an optional harpsichord.

A canon is a contrapuntal technique in composition that stacks the original melody with the same melody after a slight duration, ranging from a few beats to a few measures. The ground bass repeats the same two-bar line at the bottom (a technique called ostinato) throughout the whole composition. While it is a true canon for three individual parts, the added ground bass, along with the variation techniques in the upper parts, makes it contain the elements of a Chaconne.


Portrait of Johann Pachelbel


As a piano transcription, the parts are simplified and shortened. The key is also changed to C Major. Due to simplification, it no longer retains the original polyphonic features, while the chords and leading melody remains.


Pachelbel Canon m19 to 22

Measures 19 to 22, the best-known passage throughout the composition.

The music starts at measure 9 of the original score and plays for 4 measures. During that part, the section contains mostly holding tiles varying in different length. Afterwards, the 1st star is earned, and then the music jumps to measure 19, playing the scale-like passage, which is arguably the most memorable part of the canon. The 2nd star is earned after 2 measures; finally, the music ends after measure 24 is played, and stops at a tonic triad, where the final star is awarded.

Once again, the timing of the taps mainly follow the main melody on the right hand, where a 32nd note is a single tile, a sixteenth note is a holding tile worth 3 points, and any note longer is worth more.


Before 3-starEdit

The tiles per second is higher than the previous two stages. However, the abundance of holding tiles reduces the difficulty significantly. While there is no difficulty earning the first star, special attention must be employed for the rest of the music, since the single tiles can pressure the player as the stage speeds up.


The A-crown is easy because of holding tiles. Nevertheless, the same cannot be said for the B-crown and C-crown due to the single tiles being present. Despite so, the maximum set of consecutive single tiles is 10, so it is not as easy to be overwhelmed by them.


Gameplay VideosEdit

Piano Tiles 2 - Canon (Johann Pachelbel) High Score 2177 - Piano Tiles 2 Song 305:14

Piano Tiles 2 - Canon (Johann Pachelbel) High Score 2177 - Piano Tiles 2 Song 3

Played by Intellectual Games
Final Score 2177 ♚ ♚
003 Canon (2 Dessa Silva)03:10

003 Canon (2 Dessa Silva)

Played by Dessa Silva
Final Score 1111 ♛ ♛
003 Canon (3 Koo ja ren games)03:12

003 Canon (3 Koo ja ren games)

Played by Koo ja ren games
Final Score 1077 ♛ ♛
003 Canon (4 xDeatherXx)04:47

003 Canon (4 xDeatherXx)

Played by xDeatherXx
Final Score 1879 ♛ ♛
003 Canon (1 Nag Taube)04:34

003 Canon (1 Nag Taube)

Played by Nag Taube
Final Score 1731 ♛ ♛

Original Classical VersionEdit

Pachelbel Canon in D (the ultimate best version)05:02

Pachelbel Canon in D (the ultimate best version)

By The Academy of St. Martin In The Fields
Time Notes
0:35 Sample text
Pachelbel - Canon In D Major. Best version06:16

Pachelbel - Canon In D Major. Best version.

By Kanon Orchestre de Chambre & Jean-François Paillard
Time Notes
0:35 Sample text

Past VersionsEdit

  • The main section of the stage originally had a slower tempo of the following in the first version: 250 tiles/min, 250 tiles/min, 255 tiles/min.

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