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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/30/18)
Composer: Purcell, Henry / arr. Ley, Henry G.
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Baroque - Early 20th Century
Henry Purcell (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.

Henry George Ley MA DMus FRCO FRCM HonRAM (30 December 1887 – 24 August 1962) was an English organist, composer and music teacher. He was a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Music Scholar at Uppingham School, Organ Scholar of Keble College Oxford, and an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music where he was a pupil of Sir Walter Parratt and Marmaduke Barton. He was organist at St Mary’s, Farnham Royal, from 1905–1906, and at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (1909–1926), Professor of organ at the Royal College of Music in London from 1919, and Precentor at Radley College and at Eton College (that is, in charge of the music in College Chapel) from 1926 to 1945. He was an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, from 1926 to 1945 and died on 24 August 1962.

This arrangement of these "two trumpet tunes" was published by Stainer & Bell in 1926. Familiar though the music is, it's got a more "English-cathedral feel" to it, as opposed to true Baroque.

In the title, the music is "attributed to Purcell," by most scholars think that the first, "famous" trumpet tune, is probably the work of Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707), whose unhappy life ended in a suicide.

Playing these on the Schulze creates the need to work without a true "solo reed," so, you have to change registrations from solo to chorus work, etc. I think it came out pretty well, but Ley is not clear on "where he wants what" in the second tune, so, I hope I got it right.

The score is attached below, as well as paintings of Purcell and Clarke, and photos of Ley.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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