Ye gates and everlasting doors (Joseph Key)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-19)  CPDL #37596:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2015-11-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The original time signature for bars 0-37 is retorted time. The opening anacrusis (bar 0) is preceded in the source with rests to make a full bar: these rests have been omitted from the present edition. The alto part is printed in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch. The trill shown on the G on the last crotchet of bar 7 in the second instrumental part in this edition is printed in the source over the dotted minim F in the following bar. The verses underlaid in the source are verse 7 (in bars 11-37) and verse 8 (in bars 38-55), and no indication is given as to whether the remaining two verses should also be sung. Verse 9 is identical to verse 7, and verse 10 has been editorially added under verse 8 in the chorus (bars 38-55) in the present edition: it is suggested that the piece is sung twice through (with internal repeats both times), using the text of verse 7/9 for the tenor & bass duet both times, and the text of verse 8 for the chorus the first time and that of verse 9 for the chorus the second time.

General Information

Title: Ye gates and everlasting doors
Composer: Joseph Key
Lyricist: John Hopkins

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: Introduction for two treble-range instruments and one bass-range instrument (not specified), with independent instrumental bass part accompanying the sung section

First published: 1785 in Five Anthems, Four Collects, Twenty Psalm Tunes, p. 29-30
Description:  Setting of the concluding verses from Psalm 24 (frequently used for Ascension). Hymn Tune Index tune number 4556.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 24, verses 7-10 in the metrical Old Version.