Magnificat in E flat major [first version] BWV 243.1; BWV 243a; BC E 13 GND

Magnificat, single movement
Other catalogues
NV 1790, S. 72 [3]
Sopran solo I, Sopran solo II, Alt solo, Tenor solo, Bass solo, Sopran I, Sopran II, Alt, Tenor, Bass, Tromba I, Tromba II, Tromba III, Timpani, Flauto dolce, Oboe I, Oboe II, Violine I, Violine II, Viola, Basso continuo (einschließlich Bassono)

Date of origin, Work history
Date of composition Autumn/Winter 1723 (autograph handwriting styles/technique of musical movement). First performance on December 25, 1723; figural Magnificat performances were customary in Leipzig on high feast days, including the three feasts of Mary during the Vespers service; during Christmas (since Samuel Calvisius) with four Laudes inserted into the Magnificat. Movement D is incompletely preserved but can be approximately reconstructed from its parody, BWV 110/5
Early performances
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relation from other works:
has arrangement in BR-CPEB Ef 3
about first performance s. A. Glöckner, in: BJ 2003, p. 37ff.
Link to videos:
Magnificat in Es [1. Fassung] mit vier weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen, BWV 243.1 (Amsterdam Baroque, T. Koopman)

Luke 1, 46-55 (Vulgate) and Minor Doxology; 4 inserted movements (Laudes):
A: Stanza 1 from Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (M. Luther, 1535);
B: Freut euch und jubiliert (unknown author, 1570);
C: Gloria in excelsis Deo (after Luke 2, 14);
D: Virga Jesse floruit (unknown author, first evidenced in Florilegium Portense 1603 in a composition by S. Calvisius)
Link to lyrics

Original sources
D-B Bach P 38 [Score, Sketch]
Additional sources
A-Sd MN 102, Faszikel 1 [Score]
A-Wn SA.67.B.29 [Score]
D-Bhm H 980 [Score]
D-B Kb 76/3 [Erstdruck] [Score]
D-B Bach P 37, Faszikel 3 [Score]
D-F Mus Hs 201 [Score]
D-HEms Th Ba 3 [Score]
D-LEm Becker III 2.17 [Score]
S-Skma Lovén V:4 [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV 243a [Score]
Verschollen Sing-Akademie BWV Anh. 161 [Score]
Verschollen Thomasschule zu Leipzig, BWV 243a (Partitur) [Score]
Verschollen BWV 243a oder 243, J. Rietz [Score]
Verschollen BWV 243a, K. Zulehner [Score]
Verschollen BWV Anh. 161 (2), A. W. Bach [Score]
Verschollen BWV 243a/C, C. F. G. Schwencke [Part(s)]

Zur Erstaufführung s. A. Glöckner, in: BJ 2003, S. 37ff.

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