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Händel's Ode for the Saint Cecilia's Day, 1739
- poetry: John Dryden - Song for the Saint Cecilia's Day 1687
  

Overture, recitativo accompagnato & chorus

From harmony, from Heav’nly harmony
          This universal frame began.
     When Nature underneath a heap
          Of jarring atoms lay,
     And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
          Arise ye more than dead.
Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry,
     In order to their stations leap,
          And music’s pow’r obey.
From harmony, from Heav’nly harmony
          This universal frame began:
          From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
     The diapason closing full in man.

[...]

whole poem with detailed explanations: DRYDEN AND HANDEL

Youtube Playlist (~1h 30 min, not embeddable) with excerpts, readings and short commentaries

- Henry Purcell: Hail, bright Cecilia (text based on Dryden)
- G.F. Händel: Ode for the Saint Cecilia's Day (text by Dryden)
- Joseph Haydn: Missa Cellensis (Cäcilienmesse)




SAINT CECILIA - 1618 - DOMENICHINO (1581-1641)
MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, PARIS


Saint cecilia

St. Cecilia's Day - 22nd of November
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- Wikipedia
Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva

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