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Haydn's Creation | Lymington Choral Society and Lymington Classical Players

Saturday May 11, 2019 at 19:00
St Thomas' Church, Lymington
£15, students £7.50, accompanied children free
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  1. The Creation Hob XXI/2 - (Franz) Joseph Haydn

The eighty strong Lymington Choral Society presents Vincent Novello's English edition of Haydn's masterpiece, The Creation. The choir will be supported by a professional orchestra and young professional soloists.

Haydn composed the work as Die Schöpfung to a German translation by Gottfried van Swieten of an anonymous English libretto based largely on John Milton's Paradise Lost but also including elements from the King James English Bible. Whilst in London the composer had been deeply moved and influenced by performances of Handel's oratorios, particularly a Messiah in Westminster Abbey when there were a thousand performers and at which he is reported to have said "Here is the master of us all". Considering the immense popularity Haydn was enjoying in England and the rest of Europe this was a remarkably modest observation.

He began Creation on his return to Vienna in 1796 and it is thought he finished it in 1798 after which the same year it had a private performance at Count Schwarzenberg's Palace. The first public performance (a sell-out) was in 1799 and following the score's publication in 1800 with both German and English words, the work was performed widely throughout Europe. When asked in later life which of his two oratorios he preferred, Haydn said without hesitation, Creation, because unlike The Seasons it was a religious story.

With its tuneful arias, humorous word painting and memorable choruses, Creation has remained one of the pillars of the Western Choral tradition ever since.

St Thomas' Church
47-48 St Thomas Street
SO41 9ND
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