Trumpet Voluntary
John Stanley


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One of the most iconic trumpet pieces of all time has made a return to the Hall of Fame after missing out on last year's chart

English composer and organists John Stanley's three volumes of organ voluntaries (including the tune featured here) are his most popular legacy. So, although we know this piece as the Trumpet Voluntary, it wasn't really initially intended to be played on a trumpet at all.

Surviving pictures of the composer show clearly the effects of a childhood domestic accident that left him almost blind at the age of two. He became the youngest ever person to gain the Bachelor of Music degree from Oxford University, at the age of 17, before working as an organist at the Society of the Inner Temple. He died in 1786.