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BWV243 / BWV243a Magnificat

BWV243 / BWV243a Magnificat

Magnificat BWV243 and BWV243a by Johann Sebastian Bach is set for five part choir (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor and Bass), and five soloists (Soprano 1 and 2, Alto Tenor and Bass). We provide rehearsal aids for both choir and soloists.

Magnificat in D (BWV243) is the most popular of the two versions. The E flat major version (BWV243a) has all the same movements as the D major with an additional four sections or interpolations intended for use at Christmas. With reference to these four sections, the Kalmus edition states that these are supposed to be sung by soloists and not the regular choir, however in practice three of them are often sung by the choir, probably more so than by soloists. Our recordings cover both options. The four additional sections are generally published after the Magnificat, and that is how we present our recordings.

The BWV243a sections are only in the E flat version have been transposed to fit with this D major recording for the Magnificat.
Vom Himmel hoch is usually sung unaccompanied, - because a continuo is published and sometimes used it has been used for our recording.

 
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For the Choir

  • All the choral sections with the chosen voice highlighted on piano with orchestral accompaniment.
  • All the choral sections with all voices played together on piano, with orchestral accompaniment.
  • All the choral sections with assistance for choir played on organ, with orchestral accompaniment.
  • All the choral sections without assistance. Just as the orchestra plays. *

* NB the orchestra often plays the same as the voices, so there can be some assistance.

For the Soloists

  • All the solo sections with the vocal parts(s) highlighted on a wind instrument with orchestral accompaniment. The choral voices can be heard played on the organ
  • All the solo sections with no voices played. Just as the orchestra plays. NB the orchestra sometimes plays the same as the voices, so there can be some assistance.
  • Additional tracks of duets, trios etc with one voice removed. EG an alto soloist can rehearse and hear the other parts that she doesn't sing.

Accompaniment

  • All the sections with assistance for choir and soloists with orchestral accompaniment.
  • All the sections without assistance. Just as the orchestra plays. NB the orchestra sometimes plays the same as the voices, so there can be some assistance.
Click the PLAY symbol to listen to samples selected from Bach Magnificat BWV248 and BWV248a Rehearsal Aids.
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Fecit potentiam - Choir Soprano 1
Fecit potentiam - Choir Soprano 2
Fecit potentiam - Choir Alto
Fecit potentiam - Choir Tenor
Fecit potentiam - Choir Bass
Fecit potentiam - Choir SATB Together
Fecit potentiam - Choir with instrumental assistance
Fecit potentiam - Choir with no assistance
Suscepit Israel - Trio 2 Sopranos and Alto with assistance
Suscepit Israel - Trio 2 Sopranos and Alto with no assistance for Soprano 1
Suscepit Israel - Trio 2 Sopranos and Alto with no assistance for Soprano 2
Suscepit Israel - Trio 2 Sopranos and Alto with no assistance for Alto
Suscepit Israel - Trio 2 Sopranos and Alto with no assistance

Movements

BWV 243

  • Magnificat (Chorus)
  • Et exultavit spiritus meus (Aria Soprano II)
  • Quia respexit humilitatem (Aria Soprano I)
  • Omnes generations (Chorus)
  • Quia fecit mihi magna (Aria Bass; Choir)
  • Et misericordia (Aria Alto; Tenor)
  • Fecit potentiam (Chorus)
  • Deposuit potentes (Aria Tenor)
  • Esurientes implevit bonis (Aria Alto; Soprano; Bass)
  • Suscepit Israel (Aria Soprano I; II; Alto)
  • Sicut locutus est (Choir)
  • Gloria Patri (Choir)

BWV 243a

  • Vom Himmel hoch (Chorale)
  • Freut euch und jubiliert (Chorale)
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo (Soprano I; II Alto; Tenor; Bass)
  • Virga Jesse floruit  (Soprano; Bass)
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