Seasons, The

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   A frequently performed oratorio composed by Franz Joseph Haydn and premiered on 24 April 1801 at the Palais Schwarzenberg in Vienna. The libretto by Baron Gottfried van Swieten, very loosely based on J. Thomson’s English poem, The Seasons (1726), reflects on providential changes in nature through the year. There are four parts; each "season" concludes with a Handelian chorus. The work is scored for full classical orchestra, four-voiced chorus, and soprano, tenor, and bass soloists. It requires about two and one-half hours to perform.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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