Without Form And Void

(A Prologue to "The Creation" by Franz Joseph Haydn)

Dan Welcher

Performing Ensemble: SATB with Piano
Item Number: 362-03423
Number of Pages: 16
Duration: 6:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

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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Commission Commissioned by the Texas Choral Consort