Monday 1 August 2011
Tune of the Day: Trumpet Voluntary in D major
by John Stanley, arranged for two flutes
Generally speaking, a “trumpet voluntary” is a kind of English keyboard piece from the Baroque era, most commonly played on the organ using the trumpet stop, hence the name.
John Stanley, an English composer and organist of the late Baroque (18th century), published at least thirty pieces under the name “Voluntary” for Organ. Most of these feature a short, slow introduction followed by either a solo-stop movement (such as the so called “Trumpet Voluntary” we present today, which is by far the most famous) or a fugue.
Thanks to Craig for suggesting this piece!