Cuopre tal volto il Cielo


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

for bass (E-g\'), 2 violins and continuo

Ref. no Han 01 (in 'cantatas')                cover page      To order:     

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.