The minor key (Oliver Day Adams)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-15)  CPDL #75416:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 315 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The minor key
Composer: Oliver Day Adams
Lyricist: Samuel Barnes Gookins
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 Root & Cady

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Original text and translations

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When through the deep recesses of my soul,
Soft, sad, sweet music’s tender accents roll;
Like buried waves beneath the throbbing sea,
My spirit answers to the Minor Key.

When pensive thought unlocks the golden store,
Where treasured lie the memories of yore,
With tearful joy the precious hoard I see,
And chant their glories to the Minor Key.

And when the glories of celestial day,
To heights sublime shall bear my song away,
Its deepest, tenderest, sweetest chord shall be
The trembling echoes of the Minor Key.