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: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Incipit: 51122 31621 75671
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

Timeline

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • The Art of Hymn Playing 2nd edition: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 29
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    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, Inc. (1948) pp. 18

Organ Solo

  • The Organist's Library Volume 71
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2022) pp. 36
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 84 Number 5 May June 2021: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Carson Cooman; James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2021) pp. 2
  • Resounding Praise: Artistic Settings of Hymns and Classics
    Composer/Editor Susan Caudill
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2009) pp. 43
  • Pedals and Pipes for Postludes and Praise
    Composer/Editors Eugene McCluskey; Franz Joseph Haydn
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2004) pp. 28
  • 83 Musical Gifts Part 1: Variations on Hymn Tunes -- Aberystwyth to Hankey
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Sandra Gay
    Published By: Darcey Press (2003) pp. 64, 66, 68
  • The Organist's Library Volume 33
    Composer/Editor Franz Joseph Haydn
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 74
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 65 Number 5 May June 2002: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Franz Joseph Haydn
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 74
  • Hymn Exultations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Richard Unfried
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1988) pp. 65
  • The Church Festival Organist: A Collection of Thirty-Two Standard Organ Selections for Church Festivals Throughout the Year
    Composer/Editors H. L. Heartz; Franz Joseph Haydn
    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

  • The Church Pianist Volume 36 Number 3 January February 2020: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry Shackley; Marty Parks
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2020) pp. 2
  • My Father's World: Inspirational Hymn Settings for the Piano Soloist
    Composer/Editor Susan Caudill
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2006) pp. 17
  • The Church Pianist Volume 12 Number 6 July August 1996: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Ron Loree
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1996) pp. 20
  • 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

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Celebrate Together: Five Settings for Organ/Piano Proclaiming the Sovereignty of God
    Composer/Editor John Innes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1999) pp. 24

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