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Masterpiece week  Haydn

Masterpiece week Haydn

  • In 1798 Haydn was regarded as Europe's greatest living composer, finally free – and busily touring for a man in his late sixties – after a long and fruitful career in the service of Hungary’s Esterházy family
  • Deeply impressed by Handel's London oratorios, Haydn eagerly began work on a setting of the biblical creation story, a more than lucrative task
  • The Creation was one of the first Pan-European musical phenomena, ecstatically welcomed wherever it was performed, especially at charity concerts
  • The work is a sublime reflection of the transition from the Enlightenment to the Romantic