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Sheet Music: Trumpet Tune in D

TitleTrumpet Tune in D
from The Island Princess
ComposerJeremiah Clarke (1674–1707)
 
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyD major
RangeF#4–A5
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (64 kB) (preview)
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Date added2010-02-27
Last updated2010-02-27
CategoriesBaroque, Wedding music

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Saturday 27 February 2010

Tune of the Day: Trumpet Tune in D

Attributed to Henry Purcell

Like the even more famous “Trumpet Voluntary”, this Trumpet Tune in D has long been attributed to the celebrated baroque composer Henry Purcell, while the real author of the piece was English organist Jeremiah Clarke (1674–1707). The tune 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.

Contrary to what you may think, trumpet tunes like this one were written not for the brass instrument, the trumpet, but for the “trumpet” set of pipes on the organ. These brassy reed pipes were used for joyful, rhythmic tunes. Today, this piece has become a standard at weddings, and it is usually played right before the beginning of the ceremony.