Ode to Harmony (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-10)   CPDL #38520:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-02-10).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. All four stanzas included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-02-10)   CPDL #38519:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-02-10).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two short instrumental interludes omitted from this edition.

General Information

Title: Ode to Harmony
First Line: Hail, hail music
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: David Garrick

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella mostly, with two short interludes written for small two to three-piece orchestra.

Published: 1793 in The Union Harmony, Volume 2, 1793, pp. 13-14.

Description: Words attributed to David Garrick, in four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Hail, hail music,sweet enchantment, hail.
Like potent spells thy powers prevail.
On wings of rapture borne away,
All nature owns thy universal sway.

2. But what is beauty, what is grace,
But harmony of form and face;
What are the beauties of the mind,
Heaven's rarest gifts, by harmony combined.

3. From the fierce passions discord springs,
'Till nature strike the softer strings,
The soul compose, and love
Harmonious from passion flows.

4. Affection's flame, and friendship's ties,
And all the social pleasures rise
From thee, O harmony, divine!
Love, concord, beauty, every joy is thine.

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