Music to hear (Michael Gray)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-02)  CPDL #65352:     
Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2021-08-02).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 10 pages, 261 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: In respect to the "No Derivatives" part of the Creative Commons License, please refrain from creating a mxl file of this piece. Thank you.

General Information

Title: Music to hear
Composer: Michael Gray
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2021
Description: This is part of an on-going SAB project, "Book of Sonnets."

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Original text and translations

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Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
Why love'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tun'd sounds
By unions married do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou should'st bear:
Mark how one string sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering;
Resembling sire, and child, and happy mother,
Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing;
  Whose speechless song being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee, "Thou single wilt prove none."

William Shakespeare (Sonnet VIII)