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Ode(ii) (from Gk. ōdē, from aeidō: ‘I sing’)locked

  • Michael Tilmouth,
  • Thomas J. Mathiesen,
  • James Haar,
  • Rosamond McGuinness,
  • Tony Trowles
  •  and Malcolm Boyd


In classical antiquity, a poem intended to be sung, usually in honour of some special occasion or as part of a play. Both Greek and Roman ode texts were set to music in the 15th and 16th centuries: some were purely didactic exercises intended to demonstrate poetic metres through mensural notation, while others apparently formed part of the general humanist homage to classical literary style. In the 17th and 18th centuries a cantata-like form called ‘ode’ was cultivated as a form of panegyric to the English monarch, and it eventually also became a standard part of the annual celebrations of St Cecilia’s Day. Neither these odes nor subsequent musical ‘odes’ have any relation to the form or metres of classical models, although most share a tendency to celebrate particular events, places or men, as did most Greek odes....

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