The Seasons, “Winter”
Today is Haydn‘s birthday (1732 – 1809).
Frye in Notebook 18:
Haydn is a genius of the idyllic unfallen world: it can’t be just accident that the Creation & the Seasons sum him up. Incidentally, the spinning song in the latter is amazingly sinister: the spinning wheel of the fates. The words superficially cosy & domestic, have Vala overtones he caught, though there’s no passion or fatality as in Schubert’s Goethe song. (CW, 23, 296)