December 4, 2007
Jeremiah Clark was born in London in 1674, and died there December 1st, 1707 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was chorister master of the Chapel Royal in 1693, Almoner and Master of the Children at St. Paul’s, succeeding his master, Dr. Blow in 1704, and joint-organist with Croft of the Chapel Royal. A hopeless love-affair caused him to take his own life. He was joint-composer of the operas The Island Princess and The World in the Moon and wrote incidental music to several plays. He was the first composer to set to music Dryden’s “Alexander’s Feast” (for St. Cecilia’s Day, November 22nd, 1697), and also wrote a cantata, an ode, anthems, songs, etc.