Haydn was deeply affected, during a Handel Commemoration, by Messiah. That experience was crucial when he came to write choral music in Vienna. He took a text based on the Bible and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with help by Baron Gottfried van Swieten, who made a German version that deeply moved Haydn.

So The Creation (Die Schöpfung) came to be. The première was a success, and the oratorio began its march through Europe. The work ends with the choir singing Des Herren Ruhm, er bleibt in Ewigkeit: a dramatic view of the creation, which Haydn depicts in three parts: the elements, the animals and human beings, and earthly paradise. The Fall into sin gets only an aside in his work – typical of Haydn.


Jospeh Haydn - Die Schöpfung


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