May 27, 2018 at 2.30 pm
Frankston Arts Centre
HAYDN’S – THE CREATION
Conductor: Thaddeus Huang, Chorale co-directors: Tom Pugh,
Haydn was inspired to write the oratorio after hearing Handel’s
Israel in Egypt.
Haydn wanted to write a large piece and include descriptive music.
The Creation in the overture depicts chaos when the world began.
The Oratorio is scored for three vocal soloists (soprano, tenor, and bass; there is also an incidental solo for alto in the finale), four-part chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) supported by a large Orchestra consisting of 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, alto, tenor, and bass trombones, timpani, and the usual string section.
For the recitatives a harpsichord or fortepiano is also used.