How Dark Are Thy Decrees?

Handel composed `Jephtha' between bouts of blindness towards the end of his life, and its themes of darkness, submission to fate and the suffering innocent victims were painfully apposite.

Derek Alsop looks at the background to Thomas Morell's libretto and the various sources he turned to, including the Bible, Milton, Pope and Addison.

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Handel composed `Jephtha' between bouts of blindness towards the end of his life, and its themes of darkness, submission to fate and the suffering innocent victims were painfully apposite.

Derek Alsop looks at the background to Thomas Morell's libretto and the various sources he turned to, including the Bible, Milton, Pope and Addison.