Who can hold a candle To Bach, Scarlatti, Handel? All born in 1685 And still so much alive! All three composers spoke In rational Baroque Yet each one was unique In accent, so to speak. Their times were out of joint And yet their counterpoint So ordered and exact Adhered to basic fact. No hint of stress or storm -- Strict discipline and form: That's why they're still alive in 1985.

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