The power of music and beauty (John Stanley)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Title: The power of music and beauty
Composer: John Stanley
Number of voices: 1v Voicing: solo high
Genre: Secular, Ode
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
- Performance online
- Apollo's Cabinet, or the Muse's Delight at the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)
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.