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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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
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1862. Plate B.W. XI (1).
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

7b. Gloria in excelsis Deo

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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
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 major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12 sections + 4 insertions (appendix)
  1. Magnificat anima mea (Coro)
  2. Et Exultavit (Aria)
  3. Quia respexit (Aria)
  4. Omnes generationes (Coro)
  5. Quia fecit mihi magna (Aria)
  6. Et Misericordia (Duetto)
  7. Fecit potentiam (Coro)
  8. Deposuit (Aria)
  9. Esurientes (Aria)
  10. Suscepit Israel (Terzetto)
  11. Sicut locutus (Coro)
  12. Gloria Patri (Coro)
  • 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
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: sopranos, alto, tenor, bass; mixed chorus (SSATB)
Orchestra: 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, continuo (+ bassoon)

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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