Jephtha is Handel’s last oratorio. Handel had to break off from composing several times because of his increasing blindness in 1751. The first performance at the Covent Garden Theatre in February 1752 was the last performance he conducted before he went completely blind.
The vocal score is based on volume I/30 of the Halle Handel Edition (BA 4014), which contains the complete critical version of the music of the oratorio for the first time. It contains a detailed foreword in German and English, and a clear straightforward Piano reduction. More