The Creation (Joseph Haydn)

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Complete oratorio

Individual movements

FIRST PART
2. Recitative & Chorus In the beginning

  • CPDL #21048:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

3. Chorus Despairing, cursing rage

  • CPDL #21040:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes Tenor solo parts. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

13. Chorus The heavens are telling (see also the adaptation as hymn, The spacious firmament on high)

  • CPDL #18111:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 172 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Uses alternative English words: "The Heavens declare". MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #06929:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2004-04-15).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 400 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #04883:  Network.png
Editor: Helmut Kickton (submitted 2003-04-25).   Score information: A4, 20 pages, 403 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: in German, arranged for strings and organ

26. Chorus Achieved is the glorious work

  • CPDL #21012:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-02-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:English words. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #20283:    vln 1 part   vln 2   vla   VC
Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2009-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: 1 pg each. Four string parts.

27. Trio On Thee Each Living Souls Awaits
28. Duo Von deiner Güt', O Herr und Gott

  • (Posted 2018-01-29)   CPDL #48598:       
Editor: Toni Sanz (submitted 2018-01-29).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

28. Chorus [altered reprise of #26]

  • CPDL #06966:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2004-05-03).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 280 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Die Schöpfung (The Creation),
Catalogue Number: Hob.XXI:2
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Lyricist: Gottfried van Swietencreate page , after the Bible and John Milton's poem Paradise Lost

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Soloists: S(A)TB (Alto only sings in a very brief solo quartet)
Genre: SacredOratorio

Languages: German, English

Instruments: Orchestra 3223-223-tympani, strings & BC

First published: 1803
  2nd published: 1923 in Chorbuch des „Sängerhain“ 1923- (Ernst Dahlke) (chorus no. 13), p. 437

Description: Haydn composed to Van Swieten's German translation of the original English libretto, which was then put syllable for syllable under the music for the premiere. The Agnus Dei of the so-called Schöpfungsmesse Hob.XXII:13 quotes music from the dewy morning for "Miserere nobis" as well as from Adam and Eve's final duet for the words "Qui tollis peccata mundi".

External websites: 1803 edition and more at IMSLP (German) Libretto: 1804 print and html-Version

Original text and translations

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#2
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth;
And the earth was without form and void;
And darkness was on the face of the deep.

And the spirit of God moved on the face of the waters;
And God said: Let there be light, and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good:
And God divided light from the darkness.


#13

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The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

Today that is coming speaks it the day,
The night that is gone to following night.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

In all the lands resounds the word,
Never unperceived, ever understood.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

Alternative English words:
The Heavens declare the glory of God.
The firmament shows forth the wonders of his work.

And day unto day doth utter speech,
And night unto night doth knowledge show.
The Heavens declare the glory of God,
The firmament shows forth the wonders of his work.

Through all the earth their word goes forth,
Where is speech or language, there their voice is heard;
ever, ever, ever their voice is heard.
The Heavens declare the glory of God.
The firmament shows forth the wonders of his work.



#26
Achieved is the glorious work;
The Lord beholds it, and is pleased,
In lofty strains let us rejoice,
Our song let be the praise of God.


#28
Achieved is the glorious work;
Our song let be the praise of God.
Glory to His name forever.
He sole on high exalted reigns. Hallelujah.