A Song for Saint Cecilia (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-10)  CPDL #65020:      Icon_mp3_globe.gif    
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2021-07-10).   Score information: A4, 16 pages, 805 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: First Edition.
If you like this piece and decide to perform it please send a recording to me, the composer. I would love to hear it.

General Information

Title: A Song for Saint Cecilia
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Joseph Addison
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genres: Secular & SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2021
Description: A setting of the first verse of a poem to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, by Joseph Addison (1672-1719) one line amended by me to make it a little more inclusive. Written in the hope of performance when amateur choirs are once again allowed to rehearse post covid-19.

Youtube score video address below

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Original text and translations

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Cecilia, whose exalted hymns
With joy and wonder fill the blest,
In choirs of warbling seraphims
Known and distinguish'd from the rest;
Attend, harmonious saint, and see

  • This vocal band in harmony;

Attend, harmonious saint, and hear our prayers;
Enliven all our earthly airs,
And, as thou sing'st thy God, teach us to sing of thee:
Tune every string and every tongue,
Be thou the Muse and subject of our song.

  • Original line : Thy vocal sons of harmony;