Why a Trumpet?

This song is called “Trumpet Tune” and was written by Henry Purcell in the late 1600’s. That makes it almost as old as my luggage. I have a theory as to why he wrote this song for a trumpet. A trumpet is a horn. He was born in an area of London called “Devil’s Acre.” Need I say more?

It is song number 84 in the countdown of 100 Classical Songs.


Henry Purcell  (September 10, 1659 – November 21, 1695) was an English composer. Although it incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements, Purcell’s was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers.

For more on Henry or “Hank” as his friends called him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Purcell

“The Flowering of the English Baroque”, bronze memorial sculpture by Glynn Williams in a small park on Victoria St, Westminster.

There are only 16 songs left in our countdown. We still haven’t heard any songs from Johann Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, or Giacomo Puccini.

But they are coming up……

As promised, here is song number 85. The composer is Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924) , and the song is titled O mio babbino caro. I looked up the translation on google translate and it said that it translates to “O my dear Daddy.” (That is not what I was expecting!)

The composer was born 163 years ago tomorrow, December 22.
Happy Birthday, Giacomo Puccini. Thanks for the music.

This song was written much slower than my version. (I realized that after actually listening to it!) But I like it to be played fast. And I can do what I like, right? As far as this site is concerned, I am the ruler.


Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) was an Italian composer known primarily for his operas. Regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi, he was descended from a long line of composers, stemming to the late-Baroque era. Though his early work was firmly rooted in traditional late-19th-century Romantic Italian opera he later developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

His most renowned works are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all of which are among the most frequently performed and recorded of all operas.

And here is a blast from the past, Fanfare for The Common Man by Aaron Copeland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990). However, it isn’t in the list of 100 classical songs because it was written in 1942! I dig the new instrumentation, how about you?

Song Numbers 82 and 83

Here is song number eighty-two
It’s a special song from me to you
I started working on it late last night
And I woke up early to get it right

It was written by Jacques Offenbach
Not to be confused with J. Sebastian Bach
It’s another song in the key of D
So let’s give it a listen, you and me



Jacques Offenbach (June 20, 1819 – October 5, 1880) was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the Romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s to the 1870s, and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann Strauss Jr. and Arthur Sullivan. His best-known works were continually revived during the 20th century, and many of his operettas continue to be staged in the 21st. The Tales of Hoffmann remains part of the standard opera repertory.

More about the composer can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach

And here is song number eighty-three
It’s another classic to you from me
That means that there’s just seventeen left
And this one’s written in the key of F

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) wrote this song titled Rondeau:

Regular Speed

Henry Purcell was born in St Ann’s Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster – the area of London later known as Devil’s Acre, a notorious slum – in 1659. Henry Purcell Senior, whose older brother Thomas Purcell was a musician, was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of King Charles II of England.

Henry the elder had three sons: Edward, Henry and Daniel. Daniel Purcell, the youngest of the brothers, was also a prolific composer who wrote the music for much of the final act of The Indian Queen after his brother Henry’s death. The family lived just a few hundred yards west of Westminster Abbey from 1659 onwards.

I think it is quite possible that Henry Purcell was the inspiration for Harry Potter. They both lived in Devil’s Acre and they have the same initials. I’m just saying.

For more on the composer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Purcell

Henry Purcell Closterman.jpg
Henry Purcell after a Hair Styling
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