Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Trumpet Voluntary" by Henry Purcell (not really!).

OK, back to the 1600's: This 17th century English organist and Baroque composer of sacred and laic music was strongly influenced by his French and Italian contemporaries. He is buried at Westminster Abbey next to the organ. Arguably "his" best-known piece, a popular wedding processional, was incorrectly attributed to him for many years. It was in fact written around 1700 by British composer Jeremiah Clarke as "The Prince Of Denmark's March". According to Pete Townsend his vocal and instrumental harmonies greatly influenced The Who's music. Wendy Carlos' Moog version of another one of his compositions served as the opening theme for Kubrik's "A Clockwork Orange" ('71). Composer? Best-known wedding processional NOT written by him?

Yesterday's answer: "Young Love".

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