Posts tagged ‘Franz Joseph Haydn’

October 5, 2014

2014-10-05 Notes from the Bench

“The Heavens Are Telling” by Franz Joseph Haydn

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) excelled as a composer in nearly all the genres known to him, writing over 750 works. He is known as the “Father of the Symphony,” having composed 108 symphonies. “The Heavens Are Telling” is a movement for chorus from Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation (Die Schöpfung). This oratorio sets the story of the creation of the world as described in the book of Genesis and epic seventeenth century poem, “Paradise Lost,” by John Milton (1608-1674). Haydn composed “The Creation” between 1796 and 1798, and was likely inspired to write this work following a visit to England where he heard performances of Handel’s oratorios. “The Creation” is one of Haydn’s best-known works and regarded as one of his masterpieces.


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