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Jeremiah Clarke

1674-1707 GB, London
Composer of Classical

Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 – 1 December 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist. Thought to have been born in London around 1674, Clarke was a pupil of John Blow at St Paul's Cathedral. He later became organist at the Chapel Royal. "A violent and hopeless passion for a very beautiful lady of a rank superior to his own" caused him to commit suicide. Before shooting himself, he considered hanging and drowning as options, so to decide his fate, he tossed a coin—however the coin landed in the mud on its side. Instead of consoling himself, he chose the third method of death, and performed the deed in the cathedral churchyard." Suicides were not generally granted burial in consecrated ground, but an exception was made for Clarke, who was buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral (though other sources state he was buried in the unconsecrated section of the cathedral churchyard). He was succeeded in his post by William Croft. Clarke is best remembered for a popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark's March, which is commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, written circa. 1700. From c. 1878 until the 1940s the work was attributed to Henry Purcell, and was published as Trumpet Voluntary by Henry Purcell in William Sparkes's Short Pieces for the Organ, Book VII, No. 1 (London, Ashdown and Parry). This version came to the attention of Sir Henry J. Wood, who made two orchestral transcriptions of it, both of which were recorded. The recordings further cemented the erroneous notion that the original piece was by Purcell. Clarke's piece is a popular choice for wedding music, and has featured in royal weddings. The famous Trumpet Tune in D (also incorrectly attributed to Purcell), was taken from the semi-opera The Island Princess which was a joint musical production of Clarke and Daniel Purcell (Henry Purcell's younger brother)—probably leading to the confusion.[

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Trumpet Tune on Trumpet & Organ Spectacular at Sorø Church by Håkan Hardenberger & Simon Preston
Trumpet Voluntary (Arr. for Brass Ensemble) on The Ultimate Wedding Album by Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Hurford, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
Trumpet Voluntary on The Last Night of the Proms Collection by Della Jones, Robert Ferriman, Royal Choral Society, BBC Concert Orchestra & Barry Wordsworth
The Prince of Denmark's March on The Essential Wynton Marsalis by Wynton Marsalis
Trumpet Voluntary on Immortal Trumpet Concertos by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London & Camerata Romana
Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March' on Popular pieces for Trumpet and Organ by Ole Edvard Antonsen/Wayne Marshall
Suite in D Major: Gigue on Trompete & Orgel by Bernhard Kratzer & Monika Nuber
The King's March on The Essential Wynton Marsalis by Wynton Marsalis
Suite in D Major: Minuet on Trompete & Orgel by Bernhard Kratzer & Monika Nuber
Suite in D Major: Rondeau - 'prince of Denmark's March' on Trompete & Orgel by Bernhard Kratzer & Monika Nuber

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Title Artist Year Type
Son Of EnglandHenry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, Les Cris de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre2017Album
Orchestral WorksJeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel - Sir Hamilton Harty, Johann Christian Bach, Concertgebouworkest, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum2017Album
Concertgebouw LollipopsConcertgebouworkest, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Sr., Jeremiah Clarke, Otto Nicolai, Ambroise Thomas, Edvard Grieg, Hector Berlioz, Jean Sibelius, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Giuseppe Verdi, César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Antonín Dvořák, Richard Strauss, Sir Edward Elgar, John Philip Sousa, Paul van Kempen, Eduard van Beinum, Eugen Jochum, Bernard Haitink, Antal Dorati, Willem Van Otterloo, Igor Markevitch2017Compil.
Suite Of Ayres & MessiahTrompetenensemble Joachim Schäfer, Jeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel2012Album
'Encore, Sir John'/Sir John Barbirolli conducting The Hallé OrchestraSir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, John Philip Sousa, Amilcare Ponchielli, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Jeremiah Clarke, Otto Nicolai, Jean Sibelius, Jules Massenet, Emmanuel Chabrier2010Album
Sydney Opera House Organ ExtravaganzaJohann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Dieterich Buxtehude, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, Jeremiah Clarke, Michael Dudman2000Album
The Glorious Sound of Brass - Renaissance and Baroque MasterpiecesWilliam Brade, Aurelio Bonelli, Johann Pezel, Roland de Lassus, Gottfried Reiche, Anthony Holborne, Jeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, New England Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs1997Compil.
Odes On The Death Of Henry PurcellJeremiah Clarke, Henry Hall, John Blow, Thomas Morgan / Ruth Holton, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Simon Birchall, The Parley Of Instruments, Roy Goodman, Peter Holman1992Album
Music For Organ & TrumpetJeremiah Clarke, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gottfried August Homilius, Johann Ludwig Krebs, Vincent Lübeck, Georg Philipp Telemann, Giuseppe Torelli, Wolfgang Portugall, Egbert Lewark1989Compil.
Trumpet - TrompeteMaurice André - Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Jeremiah Clarke, Tomaso Albinoni, Leopold Mozart, Georg Philipp Telemann1987Compil.
Pachelbel's Canon · Baroque FavoritesJohann Pachelbel, Tomaso Albinoni, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Alessandro Marcello, Jeremiah Clarke1986Album
Harmonia SacraHenry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, John Blow, William Croft, Pelham Humfrey, Concerto Vocale1982Album
Solid Gold BaroqueTomaso Albinoni ✥ Antonio Vivaldi ✥ Johann Pachelbel ✥ Johann Sebastian Bach ✥ Jeremiah Clarke1982Compil.
La Tromba (Musiche Per 1, 4, 6 Trombe E Orchestra)Jeremiah Clarke, Giacomo Antonio Perti, Giuseppe Torelli, Henry Purcell, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Arcangelo Corelli, Joseph Haydn1981Album
Trumpet VoluntaryMaurice André, Jane Parker-Smith, Jeremiah Clarke1978Album
AlleluiaCharles Gounod, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Johann Sebastian Bach, Giuseppe Verdi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Jeremiah Clarke, Charles-Marie Widor, Franz Schubert, Edvard Grieg, Georges Bizet1975Compil.
The Water Music - Suite / The Royal Fireworks Music - Suite / Berenice: Alcina - Overtures / Trumpet VoluntaryGeorg Friedrich Händel / Jeremiah Clarke1973Album
Bach, Händel, Vivaldi...The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, Giuseppe Torelli, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Jean-Philippe RameauAlbum
English Baroque Trumpet MusicRichard Mudge, Jeremiah Clarke, Capel Bond, Maurice André, Ensemble Orchestral De L'Oiseau-Lyre, Pierre ColomboAlbum
Extraits De La Suite "Feux D'Artifices" - Trumpet Voluntary - La Damnation De FaustGeorg Friedrich Händel, Jeremiah Clarke, Hector Berlioz, Concertgebouworkest, Eduard van BeinumAlbum
Trompette Pour Les Jours De FêtesAndré Bernard, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jeremiah Clarke, Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod, Franz Schubert, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Tomaso Albinoni, Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell, Jean-Louis Gil, Edgar KrappAlbum
Musique De CérémonieHenry Purcell, Jeremiah ClarkeSingle
Virtuose Bläser Spielen Barocke BläsermusikJeremiah Clarke / Henry Purcell / John Stanley / Giacomo Antonio Perti / Antonio Vivaldi - Helmut Wobisch, André Lardrot, Rudolf Klepač, Zagrebački Solisti, Antonio JanigroAlbum
Kerstmis Beroemde Koorwerken En ConcertenGeorg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jakub Jan Ryba, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Jeremiah Clarke, Michael Praetorius, Antonio VivaldiCompil.
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