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  • The Power of Love

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    This piece was produced for my CD "In Praise of Poets"
    Katy Stephan, soprano
    Dale Tracy, tenor
    Words by Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
    Love, thou art victor in fight: thou mak'st all things afraid;
    Thou couchest thee softly at night on the cheeks of a maid;
    Thou passest the bounds of the sea, and the folds of the fields;
    To thee the immortal, to thee the ephemeral yields;
    Thou maddenest them that possess thee; thou turnest astray
    The souls of the just, to oppress them, out of the way;
    Thou hast kindled amongst us pride, and the quarrel of kin;
    Thou art lord, by the eyes of a bride, and the love-light therein;
    Thou sittest assessor with Right; her kingdom is thine,
    Who sports with invincible might, Aphrodite divine.

  • Hi Jerry,

    Very interesting poem (I like the old English, I've been an English teachre for more than 30 years...). You've scored it masterfully with a huge contrast in style (accompaniment and language), but with a very adequate correlation between textual content and musical tension.

    Well done!

    Jos (Max)

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