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Without Form And Void

A Prologue to THE CREATION by Franz Joseph Haydn

By Dan Welcher

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Chorus with Orchestra SATB Chorus, 2 Flutes, Piccolo, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in C, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Strings
A Prologue to THE CREATION by Franz Joseph Haydn. Composed by Dan Welcher. Premiered at the Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, Austin, TX. Choral. Octavo. With Standard notation. Composed 2014. 16 pages. Duration 6 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #362-03423. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.362034230).

Item Number: PR.362034230

ISBN 1598069551.

When the Texas Choral Consort asked Welcher to write a short prologue to Haydn's "The Creation," his first reaction was that Haydn already presents Chaos in his introductory movement. As he thought about it, Welcher began envisioning a truer void to precede Haydn's depiction of Chaos within the scope of 18th-century classical style - quoting some of Haydn's themes and showing human voices and inhuman sounds in a kind of pre-creation melange of color, mood, and atmosphere. Welcher accepted this challenge with the proviso that his prologue would lead directly into Haydn's masterpiece without stopping, and certainly without applause in between. Scored for mixed chorus and Haydn's instrumentation, Without Form and Void is a dramatically fresh yet pragmatic enhancement to deepen any performance of Haydn's "The Creation." Orchestral score and parts are available on rental.

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