"Haydn began the
work (The Creation), early in 1796 taking two years to complete...He found
the task less fatiguing and more satisfying than anything else he had ever
written before, because his personal religious feelings were strongly
stimulated 'Never before was I so devout as when I composed "The
Creation." I knelt down each day to pray to God to give me the
strength for my work.'"
(Butterworth, 1977, 122)
N. Haydn- His Life and Times. Chapel River Press, 1977.