What is "The Creation" by Joseph Hadyn about?
The musical masterpiece you are referring to is called “The Creation.” The original German title is “Die Schöpfung.” It was composed by Joseph Haydn, who was a famous composer from Austria and lived from 1732 until 1809.
“The Creation” was first premiered in Vienna in 1799. It is an oratorio, which is defined as “a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices, typically a narrative on a religious theme.”
Indeed, Haydn’s “The Creation” is centered around a biblical theme, as it follows the story of Creation according to the book Genesis. This is not surprising, as Haydn himself was a deeply religious man and a devout catholic.
"The Creation" is structured into three parts. The first two parts cover the story of creation according to the book Genesis. Part one covers days one, two, three, and four of the biblical story of Creation. Part two covers the fifth and the sixth day. In parts one and two, the main narration is performed by soloists. They sing the roles of the archangels Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael, who narrate the story of the Creation by citing text from the biblical book Genesis.
The third part of the oratorio, however, is not based on a biblical text. Instead, it focuses on Adam and Eve. Here, the roles of Adam and Eve are also performed by soloists.
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