By Music (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2008-11-24)  CPDL #18330:         (Sibelius 4)
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.

General Information

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: SecularAria for St. Cecilia's Day

Language: English
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

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Original text and translations

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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)