For this Sunday’s postlude, I will play Trumpet Voluntary in D Major, also known as The Prince of Denmark’s March, by Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 - 1707).
Clarke was a gifted and well-educated musician, who served as organist of the newly-built Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. His Trumpet Voluntary was written around 1700 in honor of Prince George of Denmark, who was husband to Queen Anne of Great Britain.
Ever since that time, the piece has been considered a token of solidarity between the two nations. During the Second World War, for example, it was used by the BBC to alert occupied Denmark of important radio broadcasts.
Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary is also frequently associated with weddings, perhaps most famously with the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles in 1981.
Enjoy the music - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!