||Holograph manuscript, 1723
||Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Mus.ms. Bach P 38
||Alfred Dürr (1918–2011)
||Neue Bach-Ausgabe, Serie II. Messen, Passionen, Oratorische Werke|
Band 3. Magnificat (pp.1-64)
Kassel: Bärenreiter Verlag, 1955. Plate BA 5003.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions
Gloria in excelsis Deo (No.7b)
For Organ (Best)
||Magnificat in Es-Dur
||Magnificat à 3 Trombe Tamburi 2 Hautb. Basson. 2 Vioinin. Viola 5 Vociè Continuo
||Bach, Johann Sebastian
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.
||BWV 243a ; BC.E13
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.
||12 movements + 4 insertions (appendix):
- Chorus: Magnificat anima mea
- Aria: Et Exultavit
- Aria: Quia respexit
- Chorus: Omnes generationes
- Aria: Quia fecit mihi magna
- Duetto: Et Misericordia
- Chorus: Fecit potentiam
- Aria: Deposuit
- Aria: Esurientes
- Terzetto: Suscepit Israel
- Chorus: Sicut locutus est
- Chorus: Gloria Patri
- 4 insertions (Christmas, 1723):
- Vom Himmel hoch SATB (after Et exultavit)
- Freut euch und jubiliert SSAT, continuo (after Quia fecit mihi magna)
- Gloria in excelsis Deo SSATB with colla parte instruments & violino obligato (after Fecit potentiam)
- Virga Jesse (fragment) S, B, continuo (after Esurientes implevit bonis)
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1723-07-02, rev. 1723-12-25 (with 4 Christmas inserts)
||1723-07-02 in Leipzig; rep. 1723-12-25 in Leipzig
||Bible, Luke 1:46–55
||Feast of Visitation of Mary|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||Voices: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SSATB)|
Orchestra: 2 oboes (both also 2 flutes), [bassoon],
3 trumpets (E♭), timpani, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, continuo
||Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (Second Version)
||Bach Digital (source list)
Magnificat - Scores at Sheet Music Plus
This original version was first performed on the Feast of Visitation, 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig under the composer's direction (and repeated on Christmas Day, 1723, with 4 insertions). The work was subsequently revised as the Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (1732/1735) and performed in its revised version in 1733.