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Jeremiah Clarke, Duke of Gloucester's March
Like his well known "Prince of Denmark's March," Jeremiah Clarke's "Duke of Gloucester's March" makes a fine trumpet voluntary on the organ. It was published posthumously in 1711 as a harpsichord piece, but was probably originally intended for solo trumpet with an orchestral ensemble including drums. It was written in honor of William, Duke of Gloucester, who died on 30 July 1700 at the age of eleven. This ended the hopes of his parents, Queen Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, of leaving an heir. It also necessitated the Act of Settlement which made George, King of Hanover, the heir to the British throne. For the Duke of Gloucester's sixth birthday Henry Purcell wrote a trumpet tune performed by the celebrated trumpeter, John Shore. Clarke's piece was probably written for a similar occasion. Jeremiah Clarke (1670-1707) was organist of St. Paul's Cathedral.

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