Fancy on a Catch of Jeremy Clarke - (2011)
theme is drawn from The Catch Club or Merry Companions being a Choice
Collection of the most Diverting Catches for three and Four voices Compos'd
by the late Mr. Henry Purcell, Dr. Blow & c. The text for this round by
Jeremy Clarke [ 1 ] is: "In Drinking full Bumpers there is no deceit, then let's not repine at
our sitting up late; come light all your Pipes up, no Sun we do need, we can
see what we Drink by the light of the Weed, may our Jolly Club ne'er by
Intruders be broke, then our Sorrow in clouds shall ascend like our Smoak."
An opening gestures sets the key before the theme is
stated, beginning at the last beat of measure 6. Thereafter, the
theme is taken up in the second voice on the manuals, and thereafter
in the pedal in the manner of the catch or round. Decorations and
additional gestures make this into a fantasia
on them theme, "fancy" referring to the English tradition in part.
last phrases are marked maestoso and thereafter grandioso, as
the short work rallies to a final fortissimo.
The entire work is here,
an MP3 file [ circa 3' 00" ]
The score for Fancy on a Catch of Jeremy Clarke is available as a
free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of
the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on
the graphic below for this organ score.
Fancy on a Catch of Jeremy Clarke
[ 1 ] Jeremiah (Jeremy) Clarke (1674-1707) was composer and organist at Winchester
College from 1692-95. In 1699 he became a Vicar Choral at London's St.
Paul's Cathedral. William Croft who succeeded Clarke and he were fellow
pupils of John Blow, whom he succeeded as Master of the Choristers in 1704,
when he was also appointed organist of the Chapel Royal. Though he composed
many secular songs as well as anthems, Clarke is best remembered for a
popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark's March, which is commonly
called the Trumpet Voluntary, written circa 1700. He is reputed to
have committed suicide, the oft-quoted reason being, "...a violent and
hopeless passion for a very beautiful lady of a rank superior to his own."
The catch is originally notated as follows: