The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten) by Haydn
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Winter music: the best pieces inspired by the coldest season
7. The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten) by Haydn
“Now the outworn year is dying/ and chilly fogs descend” begins the fourth and final part of Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons. The piece is based on a poem by James Thomson – but Haydn decided the ‘Winter’ section was too miserable to finish his work with, so he added a rousing chorus at the end.