Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Composed by
Henry Purcell
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
£ 20.00 

Originally designed as a response to the rapidly changing creative world of 2020 amidst the unprecedented COVID disruptions; these arrangements were created as a motivational tool for home use over the summer months for students and teachers alike, the intension being that the performer learns to play all the parts to each piece while learning and experimenting how to record themselves, how to make a click-track, how to multi-track, mix, video-edit and much more…. Due to popular demand these are now available again to purchase for ensembles of 8 Trumpets

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  • For Conductors, Teachers and/or Students
  • Percussion Backing Tracks to accompany Superbrass Educational Material
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  • We always use 4 bars of Introduction before each tune starts (unless otherwise stated)
  • Turn your Practice into a Performance and have fun !
  • 8 Trumpets
  • Also suitable for various combinations of brass instruments




After much research and deliberation, Superbrass HQ has decided to attribute this piece to Henry Purcell not Jeremiah Clarke. Clarke is best remembered for "The Prince of Denmark's March", which is commonly called the "Trumpet Voluntary", written in about 1700. From the late 1870's until the 1940s the “Prince of Denmark” was attributed to Henry Purcell and was published as "Trumpet Voluntary" by Henry Purcell. Music scholars and historians are still arguing about who actually composed "Trumpet Tune”. What is certain is that it originated and was taken from the semi-opera "The Island Princess", the story about a group of European voyagers who travel to the Spice Islands and are astounded by the alien culture they meet there. Contrary to what you may think, trumpet tunes like this were not originally written for the trumpet, but for the “trumpet” set of pipes on the organ. These brassy reed pipes were used for joyful, rhythmic tunes. This piece has become a standard at weddings, and it is usually played right before the beginning of the ceremony and has even been used in several Royal weddings.

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