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Haydn: The Creation

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Placing the work within the oratorio tradition, the theological and literary characters of the English libretto are contrasted with the Viennese milieu of the first performances in this critical analysis. A German text is also provided.
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Overview

Placing the work within the oratorio tradition, the theological and literary characters of the English libretto are contrasted with the Viennese milieu of the first performances in this critical analysis. A German text is also provided.
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"...the book is rich with information drawn from old writings and from new research and combined into one volume for the first time. Some of the information contained in the book will be eye-opening even for the experienced choral conductor well-acquainted with The Creation. However, the book is also written in a way that also makes it accessible to the novice musician." Richard Clemmitt, The Choral Journal

"Nicholas Temperley's excellent short book Haydn: The Creation answers all the questions a non-specialized listener is likely to have." Joseph McLellan, Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521372558
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/1991
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Background 1
The Viennese oratorio 1
The English oratorio 3
Haydn's career 4
Haydn's oratorios 5
2 Theology 9
Religion in Georgian England 10
Religion in Catholic Austria 15
Haydn's religion 16
3 The libretto 19
Authorship 19
Sources, structure and revision 20
Literary character 24
Translation and adaptation 26
4 Composition, performance and reception 31
Genesis and composition 31
First performances in Vienna 35
Publication 36
First London performances 39
Early Paris performances 40
First American performances 41
Critical reception 42
5 Design of the work 47
Overall plan 47
Musical unity 49
Text and musical treatment 52
6 Musical analysis 65
Secco recitative 65
Accompanied recitative 66
Arias and ensembles 69
Choruses 78
Orchestral movements 82
The Hymn 84
7 Excerpts from critical essays 89
Carl Friedrich Zelter (1802) 89
William Gardiner (1811) 93
Thomas Busby (1819) 94
Edward Taylor[?] (1834) 95
P.L.A.(1846) 96
George Alexander Macfarren (1854) 96
Hugo Wolf (1885) 98
Paul Dukas (1904) 100
Heinrich Schenker (1926) 100
Donald Francis Tovey (1934) 103
Karl Geiringer (1963) 106
Charles Rosen (1972) 107
Appendix 1:Performance practice 109
Venue 109
Language 109
Vocal soloists 110
Choral forces 110
Orchestral forces 111
Continuo realization 113
Tempo 114
Embellishment 115
Standard ornaments 115
Dynamics and articulation 116
Appendix 2: Editions currently available and numbering of movements 118
Notes 121
Bibliography 129
Index 132
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