Magnificat in E-flat major, BWV 243a (Bach, Johann Sebastian)



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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1723
Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Bach P 38
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Editor Alfred Dürr (1918–2011)
Publisher. Info. 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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Copyist Johann Heinrich Michel (1739-1810)
Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.(ca.1760-89).
Misc. Notes Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (D-B): Bach P 37
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Editor Wilhelm Rust (1822-1892)
Publisher. Info. Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 11.1 (pp.101-12)
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Gloria in excelsis Deo (No.7b)

For Organ (Best)

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Arranger William Thomas Best (1826-1897)
Publisher. Info. Arrangements from the Scores of the Great Masters, Vol.2 (pp.272)
London: Novello, Ewer & Co., n.d. Plate 2229.
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General Information

Work Title Magnificat in Es-Dur
Alternative. Title Magnificat à 3 Trombe Tamburi 2 Hautb. Basson. 2 Vioinin. Viola 5 Vociè Continuo
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. BWV 243a ; BC.E13
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 383
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12 movements + 4 insertions (appendix):
  1. Chorus: Magnificat anima mea
  2. Aria: Et Exultavit
  3. Aria: Quia respexit
  4. Chorus: Omnes generationes
  5. Aria: Quia fecit mihi magna
  6. Duetto: Et Misericordia
  7. Chorus: Fecit potentiam
  8. Aria: Deposuit
  9. Aria: Esurientes
  10. Terzetto: Suscepit Israel
  11. Chorus: Sicut locutus est
  12. Chorus: Gloria Patri
  • 4 insertions (Christmas, 1723):
  1. Vom Himmel hoch SATB (after Et exultavit)
  2. Freut euch und jubiliert SSAT, continuo (after Quia fecit mihi magna)
  3. Gloria in excelsis Deo SSATB with colla parte instruments & violino obligato (after Fecit potentiam)
  4. 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)
First Performance. 1723-07-02 in Leipzig; rep. 1723-12-25 in Leipzig
First Publication. 1862 (BGA)
Librettist Bible, Luke 1:46–55
Language Latin
Dedication Feast of Visitation of Mary
Christmas Day
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 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
Related Works Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (Second Version)
Primary Sources Bach Digital (source list)
External Links Wikipedia article (German)
Magnificat -  Scores at Sheet Music Plus

Misc. Comments

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.

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