CREATION (Haydn)

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809) Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his musical career as a choirboy in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, spent some years in that city making a precarious living as a music teacher and composer, and then served as music director for the Esterhazy family from 1761 to 1790. Haydn became a most productive and widely respected composer of symphonies, chamber music, and piano sonatas. In his retirement years he took two extended tours to England, which resulted in his "London" symphonies and (because of G. F. Handel's influence) in oratorios. Haydn's church music includes six great Masses and a few original hymn tune… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: CREATION (Haydn)
Composer: Joseph Haydn (1797)
Meter: 8.8.8.8 D
Incipit: 51122 31621 7
Key: A♭ Major
Source: The Creation
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

The tune CREATION is taken from the chorus “The Heavens Are Telling” from the well known oratorio The Creation (1798) by Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809). Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his musical career as a choirboy in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, spent some years in that city making a precarious living as a music teacher and composer, and then served as music director for the Esterhazy family from 1761 to 1790. Haydn became a most productive and widely respected composer of symphonies, chamber music, and piano sonatas. In his retirement years he took two extended tours to England, which resulted in his "London" symphonies and (because of G. F. Handel's influence) in oratorios. Haydn's church music includes six great Masses and a few original hymn tunes. Hymnal editors have also arranged hymn tunes from various themes in Haydn's music.

William Gardiner (PHH 111) altered CREATION to long-meter double in 1812; it was published in its present form in 1848 in Mason and Webb's The National Psalmist. CREATION is essentially a bar form (AABB') with a harmony well-suited to part singing; take it on a half-note pulse.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 29
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    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 81
  • Thirty-Four Hymn Descants
    Composer/Editor David McKinley Williams
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1948) pp. 18

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editor Susan Caudill
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2009) pp. 43
  • Pedals and Pipes for Postludes and Praise
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  • The Church Festival Organist: A Collection of Thirty-Two Standard Organ Selections for Church Festivals Throughout the Year
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    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (1986) pp. 139
  • The Diane Bish Organ Book Volume 4: New Settings of Favorite Hymns Volume 4
    Composer/Editor Diane Joyce Bish
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1985) pp. 18
  • The Sunday Morning Organist Volume Three
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1965) pp. 21
  • Ashford's Hymn Voluntaries No. 2: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries Based on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Emma Louise Ashford
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1910) pp. 23

Piano Solo

  • My Father's World: Inspirational Hymn Settings for the Piano Soloist
    Composer/Editor Susan Caudill
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2006) pp. 17
  • Favorite Gospel Hymns Book 2
    Composer/Editor Kathleen Dearing
    Published By: Prairie Bible Institute (1978) pp. 49
  • Piano Portraits
    Composer/Editor Paul Mickelson
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1977) pp. 24

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