233 The Creation
Down 14, to its lowest position in the chart's history. 1st of Haydn's 3 entries.
Haydn's massive late oratorio The Creation is considered by more than a few to be his great masterpiece, despite the limitations of a rather dubious series of words; the retranslated texts are often either bizarre or forced or both.
Haydn was inspired to create The Creation following his trips to the UK, where he heard the oratorios of Handel still being performed with massive forces. He is quoted as saying that, once in the flow, he begged God to let him be able to finish the work — clearly knowing he was onto a corker.
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