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Clarke, Jeremiah

Clarke, Jeremiah (b London, c.1674; d London, 1707). Eng. composer and organist. Chorister of Chapel Royal c.1685–90. Org., Winchester Coll. 1692–5. Vicar-choral, St Paul's Cath. 1699, master of choristers 1703 in succession to Blow. Joint org. (with Croft) of Chapel Royal 1704. Comp. setting of Dryden's Alexander's Feast, cantatas, anthems, odes, and hpd. pieces. In his ‘Choice lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinet’ (pubd. 1700) there occurs ‘The Prince of Denmark's March’, better known in its arr. as the Trumpet Voluntary. Shot himself supposedly because of unhappy love affair.

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