The Seasons, and Haydn slows down
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons)
Leipzig : Breitkopf & Härtel, 
Stanford University Libraries, Memorial Library of Music, MLM 494
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Composition, performance and publication of The Seasons quickly followed the resounding success of The Creation. The libretto, also provided by Baron von Swieten, was a fragmented adaptation of James Thompson’s epic poem, first published in the 1730s and which enjoyed broad popularity at the end of the century. The private premiere took place at the Schwarzenberg Winter Palace on April 24, 1801, and the public premiere took place in the Redoutensaal at the Hofburg Palace, on May 29 of that same year.