Saturday, 17th March, 2018 at 7:30pm, St James Church, Muswell Hill
Written between 1797 and 1798, this ever-popular oratorio is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece. He was inspired to write a large-scale choral piece during his visits to England in 1791-1792 and 1794-1795, when he heard the oratorios of Handel performed by large forces. Based on the account of the creation in the book of Genesis, Part 1 describes and celebrates the creation of light, the earth, the heavenly bodies, bodies of water, weather and plant life, and Part 2 tells of the creation of sea creatures, birds, animals, and lastly man.
As a curtain-raiser, we will sing Haydn's dramatic motet Insanae et vanae curae from Il ritorno di Tobia. 'Frantic and futile anxieties invade our minds; they often fill our hearts with madness, depriving them of hope. What is the use, O mortal man, of striving after earthly things, if you neglect heaven?'
Looking forward to seeing you there!