This is just hilarious. I can’t think of any piece more dreaded by professional classical musicians than the ubiquitous Pachelbel Canon in D. Pops concerts for symphony players, of course. And for those who make a big part of their living playing weddings, wedding receptions, and background music at parties, it’s inescapable.
Back when I played a lot of background music gigs (and I’m eternally grateful to DePauw for making it possible for me not to have to do them any more), I had the simple 8-note bass line, which repeats over and over, so internalized that I could play it and do something else–like read. I had a string trio in the early 1980s which had a regular Sunday brunch gig at a restaurant in Baltimore’s Harborplace, an upscale shopping mall right on the harbor. I’d buy the New York Times before we started or at our first break. Then during the inevitable Pachelbel, I’d set up the magazine section on my music stand and read an article, usually Safire’s “On Language” column, while we played.
My sympathies to all who still have to play this regularly. Worst thing about it, of course, is that I still like the piece, despite myself!