sobota, 27 czerwca 2009

Jeremiah Clarke - romantic baroque composer

Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 – 1 XII 1707) was an English baroque composer.

Thought to have been born in London in 1674, Clarke was a pupil of John Blow at St Paul's Cathedral. He later became organist at the Chapel Royal. "A violent and hopeless passion for a very beautiful lady of a rank superior to his own" caused him to commit suicide by shooting himself. Before shooting himself, he also considered hanging himself and drowning himself. He was succeeded in his post by William Croft.

What a poor romantic soul! Histories of unhappy love to aristocratic women do not have to be connected with the era of Werther.

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