Part II 7th Image / 5th Day No. 15 GABRIEL (SOPRANO): RECITATIVE WITH ACCOMPANIMENT And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl, that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
PART II 7th Image / 5th Day The first scene represents the fifth day of creation and contains two images: the seventh and the eighth. In No. 15 the words of Gen. 1:20 are used to report how God lets the waters bring forth the creatures that swim and the birds. In No. 16 a paraphrase in some parts reminiscent of Milton mentions the eagle, the lark, the dove and the owl. No. 15 GABRIEL (SOPRANO): RECITATIVE WITH ACCOMPANIMENT And God said: Let the waters bring forth Instrumentation: S; Str – allegro
demands a spirited rendering. That the second part begins with a recitative and that the recitative begins with a sixth as if to resume an interrupted narrative, was nothing unusual for large-scale vocal works; this, for example, is how the second and third act in Haydn`s opera Armida (1783) begin. In The Creation Haydn very closely makes this connection by allowing the second part to begin in the key (C major) in which the first had ended. Using string accompaniment he avoids the sobering element at the beginning with the secco recitative, as van Swieten had intended. Source: FEDER, Georg: Joseph Haydn. Die Schöpfung (Kassel 1999), Verlag Bärenreiter.