The Magnificat, Wq 215, H.772, by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat as an extended composition for voices and orchestra in nine movements, composed in Berlin in 1749. It is the composer's first extant major choral composition.
|by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach|
|Bible text||Luke 1:46–55|
|Published||1829 Bonn by : N. Simrock|
|Vocal||SATB choir and solo|
In Leipzig, where the composer grew up, the Magnificat was regularly part of Sunday services, sung in German on ordinary Sundays but more elaborately and in Latin on the high holidays (Christmas, Easter and Pentecost) and on the three Marian feasts Annunciation, Visitation and Purification. When J. S. Bach's setting of the Magnificat was first performed on 2 July 1723, the boy was nine years old, ten years later his father transposed it to D major and performed it again. C. P. E. Bach set the text in the same key as the later version, formally as a cantata, in 1749 in Berlin, where he was a harpsichordist at the court of Frederick the Great.
Some sources assume that Bach composed the piece to apply for the title of Hofkapellmeister at the court of Amalie, the king's sister, others suggest that he composed it to apply for his father's post as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. Another suggested possibility, a composition intended for a memorial concert for his father for which every composing son wished to supply a piece worthy of him ("seiner würdig"), seems less likely as the father was still alive when the piece was composed.
The composer chose the work to conclude a charity concert which he conducted in Hamburg in 1786 for the Medizinisches Armeninstitut. The concert began with the Credo from his father's Mass in B minor, followed by two excerpts from Handel's Messiah, the Hallelujah Chorus and the aria I know that my redeemer liveth, both sung in German. Magnificat was published in 1829 by N. Simrock in Bonn. It is the composer's first extant major choral composition.
Scoring and structureEdit
Bach scored the work in D major for four vocal soloists (soprano (S), alto (A), tenor (T) and bass (B)), a SATB four-part choir, and a Baroque orchestra of two traverse flutes (Ft), two oboes (Ob), two horns (Co), bassoon (Fg), two violins (Vl), viola (Va) and basso continuo (Bc), with three trumpets and timpani ad libitum. It takes about 42 minutes to perform.
The Magnificat setting consists of seven movements for the text of the canticle (Luke 1:46-55), concluded by two movements of the doxology. The following table shows the title, voices, tempo marking, time, key and text source for the nine movements, based on the vocal score, edited by Günter Graulich after the autograph.
|1||Magnificat||SATB||allegro di molto||D major||Luke 1:47|
|2||Quia respexit||S||andante||3/4||B minor||Luke 1:48|
|3||Quia fecit||T||allegro assai||G major||Luke 1:49|
|4||Et misericordia||S A SATB||andantino||3/4||E minor||Luke 1:50|
|5||Fecit potentiam||B||allegro||2/4||A major||Luke 1:51|
|6||Deposuit potentes de sede||A T||allegretto||A minor||Luke 1:52–53|
|7||Suscepit Israel||A||Andante. Con sordini.||3/4||D minor||Luke 1:54–55|
|8||Gloria patri||SATB||allegro di molto||D major||Doxology|
|9||Sicut erat in principio||SATB||alla breve moderato||D major||Doxology|
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