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Overture to Titus Andronicus
These pieces come from productions in the London theatres around 1700. Jeremiah Clarke’s fine overture for Titus Andronicus probably dates from 1696, when Ravenscroft’s adaptation of the play was republished. The young composer seems to have come up to London from Winchester to help Daniel Purcell with the music for Christopher Rich’s company at Drury Lane shortly after Henry Purcell’s sudden death in November 1695. It is likely that the two movements come from a complete suite for the play, otherwise lost.

from notes by Peter Holman 2004

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