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In 1728-31, Bach created a revised version of the Magnificat. Now set in D-Major, the revised Magnificat substitutes flutes for the original version’s recorders. In addition, Bach removed the four Christmas sections. It is this version that is most often performed. The text for the Magnificat, from Luke 1:46-55, is Mary’s praise to God, inspired by her impending motherhood. One of the many notable aspects of the Magnificat is Bach’s ingenious and creative employment of “word-painting”—crafting music to reflect and illuminate the text. There are many striking examples. In sections III and IV, Mary exults: “behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by…all generations.” At the words “all generations,” the solo soprano voice yields to the chorus’s numerous, intertwining vocal lines. In section VIII, the solo tenor’s vocal line falls and rises in accordance with the text: “He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.” And in the Magnificat’s final section, at the words, “As it was in the beginning,” Bach quotes from the work’s opening. None of these details distracts the listener from the overall grandeur and eloquence of the Magnificat. As with virtually all creations by this master, the Magnificat reflects sentiments expressed by the organist Helmut Walcha: “Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.” Texts and Translations I. Magnificat (Chorus) Magnificat anima mea Dominum,

My soul magnifies the Lord,

II. Et exsultavit (Soprano Solo) Et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.

And my spirit rejoices in God my salvation.

III. Quia respexit (Soprano Solo) Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae; For He has considered the humbleness of ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent… his handservant: behold, henceforth I shall be called blessed by… IV. Omnes generationes (Chorus) Omnes generations.

All generations.

V. Quia fecit mihi magna (Bass Solo) Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius.

For He that is mighty has magnified me; and holy is His name.

VI. Et misericordia (Alto and Tenor Solos) Et misericordia a progenie in progenies And He is merciful to those who, timentibus eum. from generation to generation, fear Him. VII. Fecit potentiam (Chorus) Fecit potentiam in brachio suo: He has shown strength in His arm: dispersit superbos mente cordis sui. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. VIII. Deposuit potentes (Tenor Solo) Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.

He has deposed the mighty from their seats, and exalted the humble.

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