Joseph Corfe

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Joseph Corfe (1740 – 1820) was an English Church singer and organist, known also as a composer.


He was born in Salisbury, son of Joseph Corfe (born 1705), into a musical family. He had a musical education from John Stephens, organist of Salisbury Cathedral, and became his apprentice.[1] He was a lay vicar of the cathedral. On 21 February 1783 he was appointed one of the gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, Windsor. He became the Salisbury Cathedral organist in 1792.[2]


Corfe's major work was a volume of church music, containing a well-known service in B flat, and anthems. He wrote also glees, mainly arranged from familiar melodies. Other works were selections of sacred musical compositions, a Treatise on Singing (1799), and Thorough-bass Simplified (1806).[1][2]


Corfe in 1766 married Mary Barnard; they had six children. Their son Arthur Thomas Corfe took over as organist of Salisbury Cathedral in 1804.[1] Their son John David Corfe (1804–1876) was for many years the organist for Bristol Cathedral.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Johnstone, H. Diack. "Corfe, Joseph". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6316. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Corfe, Joseph" . Dictionary of National Biography. 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ Grove, George, ed. (1900). "Corfe, Joseph" . A Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan and Company.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Corfe, Joseph". Dictionary of National Biography. 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co.