By Music (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-11-14). Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 86 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.
Title: "By Music" from Ode to St. Cecilia's Day
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Alexander Pope
Number of voices: 1v Voicing: Baritone Solo
Genre: Secular, Aria for St. Cecilia's Day
Instruments: Orchestra (Piano reduction)
First published: 1889
Description: Number 3 of Parry's "Ode to St. Cecilia's Day" for S & B soli, SATB & orchestra
- Ode on St. Cecilia's Day at the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)
- The Lied and Art Song Texts Page entry for Alexander Pope.
- Wikipedia article on lyricist Alexander Pope.
- Who was Saint Cecelia ?
Original text and translations
By Music, minds an equal temper know,
Nor swell too high, nor sink too low.
If in the breast tumultuous joys arise,
Music her soft, assuasive voice applies;
Or, when the soul is press'd with cares,
Exalts her in enlivening airs.
Warriors she fires with animated sounds;
Pours balm into the bleeding lover's wounds;
Melancholy lifts her head,
Morpheus rouses from his bed,
Sloth unfolds her arms and wakes,
Listening Envy drops her snakes;
Intestine war no more our passions wage,
And giddy factions hear away their rage.
Lyrics: Alexander Pope - Ode to Saint Cecelia's Day - (1708)