Ode to Music (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-17)   CPDL #38217:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-17).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-01-17)   CPDL #38216:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-17).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Ode to Music
First Line: Tis thine, sweet power
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Alexander Pope

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1792 in Oliver Holden's American Harmony; revised 1800.

Description: Words adapted from Alexander Pope, Ode for St. Cecelia's Day, 1708, lines 16-21.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

'Tis thine, sweet power,
to raise the thought sublime;
Quell each rude passion and the heart refine.
Soft are thy strains,
as Gabriel's gentlest string.
Calm as the breathing zephyrs
of the spring.