Joseph Key

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Born: Unknown

Died: 1784


Joseph Key, of NuneatonLink to the English Wikipedia article, was an excise officer and composer of West Gallery music (parochial psalmody): four volumes of his work were published (two of them posthumously), including anthems, psalm and hymn tunes, collect settings, canticles and carols. He was buried at Nuneaton on 20 September 1784.

List of choral works

Anthems (including collect settings)

  • Almighty God, unto whom
  • Arise, shine, for thy light is come
  • Behold, how good and joyful
  • Blessed are all they that fear the Lord
  • Blessed Lord, who hast caused
  • Blow ye the trumpet in Zion
  • Christ our Passover
  • Come unto me, all ye that labour
  • God be merciful unto us
  • I am the resurrection and the life
  • I heard a great voice
  • I was glad when they said unto me
  • I will sing unto the Lord
  • Let God arise
  • Let not your heart be troubled
  • Lift up your heads, O ye gates
  • Lord, let me know my end
  • Man that is born of a woman
  • Not unto us, O Lord
  • Now is Christ risen
  • O clap your hands
  • O God, the author of peace
  • O God, the King of glory
  • O God, who hast prepared
  • O how amiable are thy dwellings
  • O Lord, thou hast searched me
  • O praise the Lord of heaven
  • The King shall rejoice
  • The Lord hath prepared his seat in heaven
  • The Lord is my shepherd
  • The Lord is risen indeed
  • There were shepherds abiding in the field
  • We will go into the house of the Lord


  • Te Deum
  • Jubilate
  • Magnificat
  • Nunc Dimittis



  • Is there not an appointed time
  • Now is Christ risen from the dead
  • Our annual meeting being come
  • Thy works, O Lord, are wonderful

Metrical psalm tunes

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