Cuopre tal volto il Cielo
for bass (E-g\'), 2 violins and continuo
This cantata, with Spande ancor mio dispetto, is among only four solo cantatas that Handel wrote for a bass, although he made notable use of basses in his dramatic cantatas like Apollo e Dafne or Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo.
Cuopre tal volto il cielo portrays with dramatic force the effect of the loved one’s displeasure, by likening it to a storm at sea. This gives Handel a full opportunity to show his genius for dramatic writing, and provides exciting and challenging music for both the singer and the instrumentalists. It is not known who provided the text.