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Jeremiah Clarke's trumpet music

Clarke, who was born in 1674, was a pupil at St Paul's Cathedral, and later became organist at the Chapel Royal.

The Prince of Denmark's March, also called the Trumpet Voluntary, is a joyous piece so I was startled to learn that Clarke, who wrote the music when he was 27, committed suicide seven years for love of a lady.

Intense happiness followed by drowning sorrow.

For a long time his music was attributed to Purcell, but that at least has been straightened out. This popular voluntary is Clarke's.

Comments (1)

Thank you, I've always enjoyed that piece of music.

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