Haydn: The Creation
Haydn's Creation is one of the great masterpieces of the classical period. This absorbing and original account of the work provides an indispensable guide for the concert-goer, performer and student alike. The author places the work within the oratorio tradition, and contrasts the theological and literary character of the English libretto with the Viennese milieu of the first performances. The complete text is provided in both German and English versions as a useful reference point for discussion of the design of the work, the musical treatment of the words, including questions of Haydn's pictorialism, and a detailed examination of the different movement types employed. The book also contains a brief history of the reception of the work with appendices of notes on the changing performance traditions and selected extracts from critical accounts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Accompanied recitative Adagio Adam and Eve Allegro angels aria bars bass beginning Brown cadence capo form cello Chor choral chords chorus composer composer's composition contemporary contrabassoon Creation double bass dramatic duet earth edition English text Erde example expression firmament followed fugue full score Gabriel George Alexander Macfarren German text Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Gott Gottfried van Swieten Handel Handel Commemoration Handel's oratorios Haydn Haydn's music heavens are telling Himmel homophony Hymn idea Italian Landon Levarie librettist libretto light major melody Messiah minor movement Mozart Olleson opera seria oratorio orchestral original Paradise Lost passage performances phrase piano praise quartet recapitulation Recitative Raphael Recitative Uriel religious Representation of Chaos ritornello rondo Salomon Secco recitative Seven Last Words Smither solo soloists sonata soprano string structure Swieten Temperley tempo theme Thomas Busby tonality tone-painting tonic Tovey trans translation Trio Vienna Viennese Vocal score voices