Joseph Haydn - The Creation


Joseph Haydn - The Creation


Saturday 25th March 2017, 7.30pm

(doors open 6.45pm)


Lincoln Cathedral

Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Mark Wilde

Leader: Caroline Siriwardena


Soprano: Sarah Helsby Hughes

Mezzo: Fiona Howick

Tenor: Nick Sales

Bass: Michael Pearce


£20, £16, £12, £8

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The cathedral seating plan is here

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The Creation
The Creation (Die Schöpfung) is an oratorio written between 1797 and 1798 by Franz Joseph Haydn. It is considered by many to be his masterpiece; with its bold use of orchestral colour, adventurous harmony, exceptional rhythmic and melodic inventiveness, the subject is brought to life with great vividness and power.
The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and also uses text from the book of Psalms, and John Milton's Paradise Lost. The libretto was written by Gottfried van Swieten. Lincoln Choral Society will be performing this magnificent work in the English translation.
The Creation is structured in three parts and scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and a symphonic orchestra. In parts I and II, depicting the creation, the soloists represent the archangels Raphael (bass), Uriel (tenor) and Gabriel (soprano). In part III, the bass and soprano represent Adam and Eve.
The first performances in 1798 were mounted by the Gesellschaft der Associierten, a group of music-loving noblemen organized by van Swieten for the task of sponsoring concerts of serious music. The first performance was a private affair, but hundreds of people crowded into the street around the old Schwarzenberg Palace to hear this eagerly anticipated work. Admission was by invitation only and those invited included wealthy patrons of the arts, high government officials, prominent composers and musicians and the nobility of several countries. Many of those lucky enough to be inside wrote glowing accounts of the piece and it has been extremely popular ever since.