Music, how powerful is thy charm (Maurice Greene)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-08)  CPDL #63391:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-03-08).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 354 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Music, how powerful is thy charm
Composer: Maurice Greene
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SAB or STB
Genre: SecularOde

Language: English
Instruments: bc, plus unspecified treble instrument

First published: Not known
Description: An ode to music with 3 solo voices and a 3 voice chorus

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Original text and translations

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Music, how powerful is thy charm
that can the fiercest rage disarm,
calm passions in a human breast
and lull even jealousy to rest
with amorous thoughts the soul inspire
and kindle up a warlike fire,
so great is music's power.

Sad Orpheus through hell's dreary coast
was seeking for his comfort lost.
His music drew the ghosts along,
and fu-ries listen to his song.
His song could Charon's rage disarm
and Pluto, and his comfort charm.
so great is music's power.

Amphion with his tuneful lyre
could rocks remove and stones inspire,
com mand a city to arise
and lofty buildings touch the skies
while stones obedient to his call
harmonious moved and formed a wall
so great is music's power.