London: Mrs. Eliz. Key [PN 3], [ca. 1800].
Folio. Bound in a full vellum manuscript receipt document dated 1792, with later manuscript titling dated 1810 to upper. 1f. [recto title, verso blank], 48 pp. Engraved.
Four-part vocal settings.
With a fine manuscript index to verso of upper board with "Mark Eminton's Book 1809" at head.
Binding slightly worn, soiled, and warped. Trimmed by binder at outer edge with occasional minor loss; paper repairs. Lacking title (supplied in photocopy).
First Edition. Rare. BUC p. 56. RISM A/I/5 K497. Jisc records copies located at the British Library and The Royal College of Music.
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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