The power of music and beauty (John Stanley)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-01)  CPDL #68659:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-04-01).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 138 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition prepared from Calliope. The unfigured bass has been realised editorially.
  • (Posted 2022-02-07)  CPDL #67962:         
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2022-02-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition prepared from "The Muses' Delight". Note in final bar of the continuo changed from G to C.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: A more plausible cadence in F might read the bass (f C tenor clef: d g) f C CC F. See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: The power of music and beauty
Composer: John Stanley
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularOde

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1746 Calliope, or, English Harmony
    2nd published: 1754 The Muse's Delight p.128
Description: an ode to music written for performance in London's pleasure gardens

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Original text

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Music has power to melt the soul,
by beauty nature's swayed.
Each can the universe control
without the other's aid.

But here together both appear
and force united try.
Music enchants the listening ear
and beauty charms the eye.

What cruelty! these pow'rs to join,
these transports who can bear!
O let the sound be less divine,
or look the nymph less fair.