“The Prince of Denmark’s March” or “Trumpet Voluntary” was written around 1700 by the English composer Jeremiah Clarke, the first organist of the then newly rebuilt St Paul’s Cathedral.
According to Grove’s Dictionary of Music, the work originated as a harpsichord piece titled “The Prince of Denmark’s March,” which Clarke contributed to A Choice Collection of Ayres, published in 1700. Grove notes that as the work also exists in a suite of pieces by Clarke, it may be that, unlike many similar harpsichord pieces written in imitation of the trumpet style, the “Trumpet Voluntary” actually began life as a piece for trumpet and strings.
For many years the piece was attributed incorrectly to Clarke’s elder and more widely known contemporary, Henry Purcell (1659-1695), due to a misattribution by William Spark (1823-1897) on his arrangement for organ published in the 1870s.
This adaptation and arrangement for concert band is designed to introduce young musicians to this well-known work.
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