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Haydn : The Creation - Nicholas Temperley

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1991
ISBN: 9780521378659
Number Of Pages: 144

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Haydn's Creation is one of the great masterpieces of the classical period. This absorbing and original account of the work provides an indispensable guide for the concert-goer, performer and student alike.

The author places the work within the oratorio tradition, bearing in mind its intended early audiences in both Austria and England, and he contrasts the theological and literary character of the English libretto with the Viennese milieu of the first performances.

The complete text is provided in both English and German versions as a reference point for discussion of the design of the work and the musical treatment of the words, including questions of Haydn's pictorialism. A more detailed musical chapter examines the work through the movement types it employs -- arias and ensembles, recitatives and choruses -- distinguishing the Handelian model from Haydn's own classical idiom.

Nicholas Temperley also discusses the changing performance traditions of this work and surveys the critical reception throughout its history. In a useful appendix he quotes from the most significant critical literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Industry Reviews

"...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

Prefacep. vii
Backgroundp. 1
The Viennese oratoriop. 1
The English oratoriop. 3
Haydn's careerp. 4
Haydn's oratoriosp. 5
Theologyp. 9
Religion in Georgian Englandp. 10
Religion in Catholic Austriap. 15
Haydn's religionp. 16
The librettop. 19
Authorshipp. 19
Sources, structure and revisionp. 20
Literary characterp. 24
Translation and adaptationp. 26
Composition, performance and receptionp. 31
Genesis and compositionp. 31
First performances in Viennap. 35
Publicationp. 36
First London performancesp. 39
Early Paris performancesp. 40
First American performancesp. 41
Critical receptionp. 42
Design of the workp. 47
Overall planp. 47
Musical unityp. 49
Text and musical treatmentp. 52
Musical analysisp. 65
Secco recitativep. 65
Accompanied recitativep. 66
Arias and ensemblesp. 69
Chorusesp. 78
Orchestral movementsp. 82
The Hymnp. 84
Excerpts from critical essaysp. 89
Carl Friedrich Zelter (1802)p. 89
William Gardiner (1811)p. 93
Thomas Busby (1819)p. 94
Edward Taylor[?] (1834)p. 95
P.L.A. (1846)p. 96
George Alexander Macfarren (1854)p. 96
Hugo Wolf (1885)p. 98
Paul Dukas (1904)p. 100
Heinrich Schenker (1926)p. 100
Donald Francis Tovey (1934)p. 103
Karl Geiringer (1963)p. 106
Charles Rosen (1972)p. 107
Performance practicep. 109
Venuep. 109
Languagep. 109
Vocal soloistsp. 110
Choral forcesp. 110
Orchestral forcesp. 111
Continuo realizationp. 113
Tempop. 114
Embellishmentp. 115
Standard ornamentsp. 115
Dynamics and articulationp. 116
Editions currently available and numbering of movementsp. 118
Notesp. 121
Bibliographyp. 129
Indexp. 132
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ISBN: 9780521378659
ISBN-10: 0521378656
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 23rd August 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.2