Nuneaton, Warwickshire: The Author [PN 1], [ca. 1780].
Folio. Quarter mid-tan calf with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in gilt-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 48 pp. Engraved. Printed at foot of title: "Sold also by Messrs. Thompson, No. 75 St. Paul's Church Yard; Mr. Bland, No. 45 Holborn; Mr. Buckland, No. 57 Paternoster Row; and the Engraver, No. 43 (nearly opposite Hatton Street) Holborn. Where may be had The Author's Second Book, Containing Eleven Anthems, on a Variety of Occasions. Price 7s. 6d."
Key. Eleven Anthems on General and Particular Occasions, Interspersed With Symphonies and Thorough Basses, for two Hautboys and a Bassoon; Being particularly design'd for the Use of Parochial Choirs ... Price 7s. 6d. Printed for & Sold by the Author at Nuneaton, Warwickshire ... [PN 2], [ca. 1790]. Printed at foot of title: "Sold also by Messrs. Thompson, No. 75 St. Paul's Church Yard; Mr. Bland, No. 45 Holborn; Mr. Buckland, No. 57 Paternoster Row; and the Engraver, No. 43 (nearly opposite Hatton Street) Holborn. Where may be had The Author's First Book, Containing Eight anthems, Te Deum, and Jubilate. Price 6s."
1f. (recto title, verso blank), 51 pp. Engraved. "Williams Sculp." printed at foot of final page. Front pastedown with fragment of 19th century bookplate ("Charles Morris") and later signature of Gwendoline Dewar.
Boards detached and quite worn. Minor browning
BUC p. 569; RISM A/I/5 K496 and K495.
Key, an English psalmodist, "was an excise officer by profession and one of the leading composers of Gallery music. His four volumes of psalmody, the last two published posthumously, are among the best examples of the provincial Anglican repertory; the pieces range from simple tuneful carols to elaborate fuging-tunes and anthems. They were composed specifically for the growing number of ambitious parochial choirs and often include short instrumental symphonies and vocal solos, requiring experienced performers. His writing shows considerable technical skill, with a few Handelian echoes; despite occasional unconventional harmonies, it has an assured rhythmic vitality and melodic line. Some of his anthems remained popular and were republished, in refined versions, in England, Ireland and America well into the 19th century." Sally Drage in Grove Music Online.
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