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Trumpet Tune and Air, by Purcell; for solo Flute and Piano

By Henry Purcell

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Piano Accompaniment, Flute - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Arranged by David McKeown. Baroque Period, Repertoire, General Instructional, Wedding, Recital. Score, Solo Part. 6 pages. Published by David McKeown (S0.598297).

Item Number: S0.598297

The Trumpet Tune and Air was in fact written for organ, with the melody played on the “trumpet stop”.  Written around 1700, for many years this piece was attributed to Henry Purcell. But more recently many have questioned whether the composer was in fact Jeremiah Clarke, organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. What is known is that the piece was written for a “semi-opera” called The Island Princess, and that both men contributed music to the production. In recent years this piece has become a popular wedding favourite.

 This full version is arranged as a solo for Flute and Piano and the performance time is around two and a half minutes. Of course, performers, especially at weddings, may wish to abridge and shorten the arrangement. This is easily done as the different sections are self-contained and the repeat may be ignored. The short sample here and the full length version on the youtube link are from the Clarinet version of this arrangement.

Musicians at an intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. There are of course separate piano and instrumental parts included in downloaded the file.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to help with strict time, full tone and dynamic contrast.

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