As Tyer’s had ingeniously converted his own house’s ball-room into a raised pavilion with a private dining room and open loggia for Prince Frederick, Vauxhall’s ground—landlord, the Prince of Wales became a regular and popular attendee at these Vauxhall concerts bringing with him his youthful energy and a large following of fashionable society. The Dead March was performed for Prince Frederick on 7th May 1739 and regularly thereafter, with brass, winds and strings, and organ becoming an archetype of Vauxhall music. It was later played annually on the anniversary of the death of Jonathan Tyers, 26th June as well as at several state funerals.
from notes by Bridget Cunningham © 2015
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