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

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Bach - BGA - BWV 243a.pdf

Wilhelm Rust (1822-1892)

Publisher Info.:

Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe, Band 11.1
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1862. Plate B.W. XI (1).


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General Information

Work Title Magnificat
Alternative Title
Composer Bach, Johann Sebastian
Opus/Catalogue Number BWV 243a ; BC.E14
Key E major
Movements/Sections 4 sections (appendix)
  1. Von Himmel hoch SATB
  2. Freut euch und jubiliert SSAT, continuo
  3. Gloria SSATB with colla parte instruments & violino obligato
  4. Virga Jesse (fragment) S, B, continuo
Year/Date of Composition 1723
First Performance 1723-12-25 in Leipzig
First Publication 1862
Librettist Bible, Luke 1:46–55
Language Latin
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation Soloists: 2 Sopranos, Alto, Tenor, Bass; Mixed Chorus (SSATB)
Orchestra: 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 recorders, 2 oboes, 2 violins, viola, continuo (+ bassoon)

Misc. Comments

This original version was first performed on Christmas Day, 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig under the composer's direction. The work was subsequently revised as the Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (1728-31) and performed in its revised version in 1732.

Masses and Magnificats by Johann Sebastian Bach
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