Jeremiah Clarke

Biography

Born: 1674; London, England   Died: December 1, 1707; London, England  
Jeremiah Clarke was a popular composer and organist around the dawn of the eighteenth century, but his best-known piece was known for years as "Purcell's Trumpet Voluntary" -- and later as the "Masterpiece Theater Theme."

The man whose music has been played at more nuptials in the English-speaking world than anyone but Wagner or Mendelssohn has no clearly established early history. In 1940 a researcher named E.H. Fellowes tentatively
Read more linked him to a family of choir singers at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

The earliest thing we really know about Clarke is that he was a boy choir singer in the Chapel Royal at the time of the coronation of James II. His voice changed in 1692; in that year he became the organist of Winchester College. He left there in 1696, and reappears in the record on June 6, 1699, when he was appointed a vicar-choral of St Paul's Cathedral, London. He received some promotions and titles, and in 1704 took the position of organist of the Chapel Royal, jointly with William Croft.

He wrote attractive and popular theater pieces, many effective anthems, and other sacred music, and some harpsichord pieces including The Prince of Denmark's March, which is the proper name for the piece of worldwide fame known as the Trumpet Voluntary. (The work itself has an interesting history. Its familiar trumpet, organ, and drum arrangement is of contemporary origin, but was inspired by a nineteenth century organ version that ascribed the tune to Henry Purcell, at the time one of the few names known to posterity from the then-shadowy Baroque era.)

Accounts of Clarke's life suggest that he was subject to periods of deep depression. He shot himself and was buried in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read less

Work: Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary"

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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Orchestral Transcriptions of Leopold Stokowski / Bamert, BBC Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10900 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Addinall,  Cynthia Millar,  Peter Dixon
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mr. Handel's Trumpeters
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 3406 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  John Dowland,  Gottfried Keller  ... 
    Conductor:  Johann Plietzsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barocktrompet Enensemble Berlin
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    CD Premieres of their Rarest 78 RPM Recordings / Stokowski / All-American Youth Orchestra
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1287 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ottokar Novácek,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Henry Cowell
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Arioso & Brillante / Peter Kofler, Gabor Tarkovi
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7184 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Gábor Tarkövi,  Peter Kofler
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    Le Meilleur D'une Vie: Enregistrements 1958-1997
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 631289 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Pierre Pierlot,  Gérard Jarry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Martini,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jean-François Paillard,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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    50 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 333162 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Steuart Bedford,  Michel Plasson
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    Popular Trumpet Concertos / Maurice Murphy, Robert Haydon Clark
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1325 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Alexander Arutiunian,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Murphy
    Conductor:  Robert Haydon Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of London
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 50841 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Lucinda Walker,  Lloyd Swenson,  Bettina Gregory,  Zachary Rossi  ... 
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    Classics For A Summer Evening From Leeds Castle / Carl Davis
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51302 Release Date: 11/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  George Frideric Handel,  Léo Delibes,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Ruby Philogene
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  King's Division Normandy Band,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
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    Essential British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40306 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Alexander Briger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    The Best Wedding Music Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04106 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  Frederic Bayco,  Ian Tracey,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Eric Ericson,  Fritz Lehani,  George Fischer  ... 
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    The Excellent Art Of Voluntary / Robert Costin
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Orlando Gibbons,  Christopher Gibbons,  John Blow  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Costin
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    Trumpet & Organ / Maurice André, Jane Parker-smith
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6365602 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Hedwig Bilgram,  Maurice André,  Alfred Mitterhofer,  Jane Parker-Smith
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    Mariage / Hervieux, Gauvin, LeBlanc, Taylor, Belanger
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3009 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Louis Vierne,  César Franck,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Bélanger,  Marc Hervieux,  Régis Rousseau,  Stéphane Beaulac  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  Francis Colpron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy,  Les Boréades Montreal
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    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Classical Baby
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Merry Miller  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller
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    Weddings From The Harp
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 8907 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Richard Wagner,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Jean Joseph Mouret  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller
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    Vom Himmel Hoch / Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300146 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Essential Brass - Trumpet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Essential Organ
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94913 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Pachelbel,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Tinley,  Simon Preston,  Valda Aveling,  Noel Rawsthorne  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Armand,  Michel Plasson
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    Frauenkirche Dresden, 2005-2010
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83248 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  Kay Johannsen,  Anke Vondung,  Jörg Schneider,  Georg Zeppenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler,  Nicholas McGegan,  Jos van Immerseel,  Roderich Kreile  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blechbläserensemble,  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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