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Haydn
The Creation
English
Introduction
introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
German
Introduction
introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

CD 1
Part I

1

Introduction
The Representation of Chaos

2

Recitative (Raphael, Uriel, Chorus)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verses 1-4)
RAPHAEL
In the beginning God created the Heaven, and the earth; and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. 
CHORUS
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said: Let there be Light, and there was Light. 
URIEL
And God saw the Light, that it was good; and God divided the Light from the darkness.

3

Aria with Chorus (Uriel, Chorus)
URIEL
Now vanish before the holy beams the gloomy dismal shades of dark; the first of days appears. Disorder yields to order the fair place. Affrighted fled hell’s spirits black in throngs; down they sink in the deep of abyss to endless night. 
CHORUS
Despairing cursing rage attends their rapid fall. A new-created world springs up at God’s command.

4

Recitative (Raphael)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 7)
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament.
And it was so.
Outrageous storms now dreadful arose; as chaff by the winds are impelled the clouds. By heaven’s fire the sky is enflamed and awful rolled the thunders on high. Now from the floods in steam ascend reviving showers of rain, the dreary wasteful hail, the light and flaky snow.

5

Chorus with Soprano Solo (Gabriel, Chorus)
GABRIEL
The marv’lous work beholds amaz’d
the glorious hierarchy of Heav’n;
and to th’ ethereal vaults resound
the praise of God, and of the second day.  
CHORUS
And to th’ ethereal vaults resound
the praise of God, and of the second day.

6

Recitative (Raphael)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verses 9-10)
And God said: Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. And God called the dry land: earth, and the gathering of waters called he seas; and God saw that it was good.

7

Aria (Raphael)
Rolling in foaming billows uplifted roars the boist’rous sea. Mountains and rocks now emerge; their tops into the clouds ascend. Thro’ th’ open plains outstretching wide in serpent error rivers flow. Softly purling glides on
thro’ silent vales the limpid brook.  

8

Recitative (Gabriel)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 11)
And God said: Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb-yielding seed, and the  tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself upon the earth; and it was so.   

9

Aria (Gabriel)
With verdure clad the fields appear delightful to the ravish’d sense; by flowers sweet and gay enhanced is the charming sight. Here vent their fumes the fragrant herbs; here shoots the healing plant. By loads of fruit th’ expanded boughs are press’d; to shady vaults are bent the tufty groves; the mountain’s brow is crown’d with closed wood.

10 

Recitative (Uriel)
And the heav’nly host proclaimed the third day, praising God and saying:

11 

Chorus
Awake the harp, the lyre awake! In shout and joy your voices raise! In triumph sing the mighty Lord! For he the heavens and earth has cloathed in stately dress.

12 

Recitative (Uriel)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 14, with lines inserted
and the last line from verse 16)
And God said: Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night, and to give light upon the earth; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days, and for years. He made the stars also.

13 

Recitative (Uriel)
In splendour bright is rising now the sun and darts his rays; an am’rous joyful happy spouse, a giant proud and glad, to run his measur’d course. With softer beams and milder light steps on the silver moon through silent night. The space immense of th’ azure sky innum’rous host of diant orbs adorns. And the sons of God announced the fourth day in song divine, proclaiming thus his power: 

14 

Chorus with Soloists
CHORUS
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
The wonder of his works displays the firmament.
GABRIEL, URIEL, RAPHAEL
To day, that is coming, speaks it the day;
the night, that is gone, to following night.
CHORUS
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
The wonder of works displays the firmament.
GABRIEL, URIEL, RAPHAEL
In all the land resounds the word,
never unperceived, ever understood.
CHORUS
The heavens are telling the glory of God.
The wonder of his works displays the firmament.

 


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