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Axminster & District Choral Society

Haydn The Seasons

The Minster, Axminster

Saturday 6th April   7.30pm

For its spring concert this year, the Axminster and District Choral Society will perform Josef Haydn’s great oratorio The Seasons, the second of two masterpiece oratorios, which Haydn wrote in the final years of his working life.

During the time that Haydn was living in London, he attended performances of Handel’s Messiah and was so moved that he determined to write something similar. He composed first The Creation and then, at the age of 69, The Seasons. He had behind him a lifetime of experience writing symphonies, string quartets and operas and he brought all this, together with deep sympathy for country life, to his composition of The Seasons.

Haydn enjoyed jokes of all kinds. His music often demonstrates an inventive, sometimes whimsical sense of humour. He was a brilliant word painter. Amongst the more rousing choruses are a hunting song with horn calls, a loud thunderstorm, peasant dances and a stirring ode to toil. Haydn remarked that while he had been industrious his whole life, this was the first occasion he had ever been asked to write a chorus in praise of industry!

Tickets £12 and £15

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