Trumpet Voluntary
John Stanley


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This has appeared in the Hall of Fame 12 times over the 20 years, and reached its highest position of 146 in 2007.

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.