Jephtha, HWV 70 (Handel, George Frideric)



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Copyist Friedrich Chrysander (1826–1901)
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.[1751].
Reprinted Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 44a
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1885. Plate H.W. 44a.
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Editor Friedrich Chrysander (1826–1901)
Publisher. Info. Georg Friedrich Händels Werke. Band 44
Leipzig: Deutsche Händelgesellschaft, 1886. Plate H.W. 44.
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Publisher. Info. London: Novello, n.d.(ca.1880).
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Arranger Vincent Novello (1781-1861), piano reduction
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Editor Ebenezer Prout (1835-1909)
Publisher. Info. Songs and Airs by George Frideric Handel, Volume I: For High Voice.
Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1905. Plates ML-1115-1116.
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Recitative and Aria: Waft her, angels, to the skies (Part III)

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Arranger Michel Marpert
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Work Title Jephtha
Alternative. Title
Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 70
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 Parts
  • Part 1
1. Overture
2. Recitative: It must be so (Zebul)
3. Aria: Pour forth no more unheeded prayers (Zebul)
4. Chorus: No more to Ammon's god and king
Chorus: Chemosh no more
5. Recitative: But Jephtha comes (Zebul)
6. Aria: Virtue my soul shall still embrace (Jephtha)
7. Recitative: 'Twill be a painful separation (Storge)
8. Aria: In gentle murmurs will I mourn (Storge)
9. Recitative: Happy this embassy (Hamor)
10. Aria: Dull delay, in piercing anguish (Hamor)
11. Recitative: Ill suits the voice of love (Iphis)
12. Aria: Take the heart you fondly gave (Iphis)
13. Recitative: I go, my soul, inspir'd (Hamor)
14. Duet: These labours past (Iphis, Hamor)
15. Recitative: What mean these doubtful fancies (Jephtha)
16. Recitative: If, Lord, sustain'd by thy almighty pow'r (Jephtha)
17. Recitative: 'Tis said (Jephtha)
18. Chorus: O God, behold our sore distress
19. Recitative: Some dire event (Storge)
20. Aria: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
21. Recitative: Say, my dear mother (Iphis, Storge)
22. Aria: The smiling dawn of happy days (Iphis)
23. Recitative: Such, Jephtha (Zebul)
24. When his loud voice in thunder spoke (Chorus)
  • Part 2
25. Recitative: Glad tidings of great joy (Hamor)
26. Chorus: Cherub and Seraphim
27. Aria: Up the dreadful steep ascending (Hamor)
28. Recitative: 'Tis well (Iphis)
29. Aria: Tune the soft melodious lute (Iphis)
30. Recitative: Again heav'n smiles (Zebul)
31. Aria: Freedom now once more possessing (Zebul)
32. Recitative: Zebul, thy deeds were valiant (Jephtha)
33. Aria: His mighty arm (Jephtha)
34. Chorus: In glory high
35. Symphony
36. Recitative: Hail, glorious conqueror! (Iphis)
37. Aria: Welcome as the cheerful light (Iphis)
38. Semi-Chrorus: Welcome thou
39. Recitative: Horror! Horror! (Jephtha)
40. Aria: Open thy marble jaws (Jephtha)
41. Recitative: Why is my brother thus afflicted (Zebul)
42. Recitative: First perish thou (Storge)
43. Recitative: If such thy cruel purpose (Hamor)
44. Aria: On me let blind mistaken zeal (Hamor)
45. Quartet: O spare your daughter (Storge, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul)
46. Recitative: Such news flies swiftly (Iphis)
47. Recitative: For joys so vast (Iphis)
48. Aria: Happy they (Iphis)
49. Recitative: Deeper and deeper still (Jephtha)
50. Chorus: How dark, O Lord, are Thy decrees
  • Part 3
51. Recitative: Hide thou thy hated beams (Jephtha)
52. Recitative: A father, off'ring up his only child (Jephtha)
53. Aria: Waft her, angels (Jephtha)
54. Recitative: Ye sacred priests (Iphis)
55. Aria: Farewell, ye limpid springs (Iphis)
56. Chorus: Doubtful fear
57. Symphony
58. Recitative: Rise Jephtha (Angel)
59. Aria: Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live (Angel)
60. Aria: For ever blessed be thy holy name (Jephtha)
61. Chorus: Theme sublime of endless praise
62. Recitative: Let me congratulate (Zebul)
63. Aria: Laud her, all ye virgin train (Zebul)
64. Recitative: O let me fold thee (Storge)
65. Aria: Sweet as sight to the blind (Storge)
66. Recitative: With transport, Iphis (Hamor)
67. Aria: 'Tis heav'n's all-ruling power (Hamor
68. Recitative: My faithful Hamor (Iphis)
69. Aria: Freely I to heav'n resign (Iphis)
70. Quintet: All that is in Hamor mine (Iphis, Hamor, Storge, Jephtha, Zebul)
71. Chorus: Ye house of Gilead
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1751-08-30 (end date)
First Performance. 1752-02-26 in London: Covent Garden
Librettist Thomas Morell (1703-1784)
after "Judges" (Chapter 11) and G. Buchanan's "Jephthas sive votum"
(translation: "Jeptha or the Vow") (1554)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation vocal soloists (2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, bass), chorus, orchestra

Misc. Comments


  • Jephtha (tenor)
  • Iphis, his daughter (soprano)
  • Storgè, his wife (mezzo-soprano)
  • Zebul, his brother (bass)
  • Hamor, in love with Iphis (alto)
  • Angel (soprano)
  • Chorus of Israelites, Chorus of Priests, Chorus of Virgins