Soprano, tenor, bass soloists and SATB chorus
Unknown librettist; Baron von Swieten translated the English libretto into German so that Haydn could use it.
Genesis chapter 1
Additional text: Milton's Paradise Lost epic poem (7th and 8th books)
Work originally written: 1798
Popular in its time!
3 angels describe 6 days of creation in recitative
*Praises God and portrays Haydn's optimism regarding Christianity!!!
Grand chorus of praise concludes each day.
Overture: Representation of Chaos-
- Starts with resounding C chord with the absence of a third
- We are clued in to C Minor, then A flat major
- CHAOS- no recognizable key!
Part 1, scene 3:
Uriel's Recitative (no. 12)- "Let there be light"
recitativo secco, C Major
free rhythm to reflect words
Jubilant C Major!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Uriel's Recitative (no. 13)- "In splendour bright"
2/2, Andante, D Major, recitativo accompagnato
Chorus and Trio no. 14- "The Heavens are Telling"
Begins with chorus and full orchestra in a firm C Major opening. Half note at start of each bar- unity
Homorhythmic- all voices are in motion simultaneously
First time trio sings- minor key
Clues listener into minor before end
Men and women separate in singing