Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674–1707) was an English baroque
composer, organist and, pupil of John Blow at St Paul's
Cathedral. He later became organist at the Chapel
Royal. After his death, he was succeeded in that 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 about 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
Although originally written for Pipe Organ, I Arranged
this piece for Saxophone Quartet (Soprano, Alto, Tenor
and Bari Sax).