A contrapuntal technique that the same melody is played by different voice and introduced in different duration

Canon mainly refers to a compositional technique which involves the use of counterpoint, where the same melody is played by different voices but each voice introduces the melody at different duration.

As each part introduces the same melody in a different duration, two melodies will appear at the same time since the second part is added (canon sometimes would be composed of two or more voices).

Canon is a typical example of polyphonic music.

Example of Canon

Pachelbel Canon in D Major - the original and best version.

Writer: Frankie Chan