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Aria Esurientes BWV 243

from Magnificat (First Version)

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Alto voice, 2 treble recorders and basso continuo; cello ad libitum
From Magnificat (First Version). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Alfred Duerr. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Schott. Score and parts. Schott Music #ED 11763. Published by Schott Music (HL.49014747).

Item Number: HL.49014747

ISBN 9790220124938. Latin.

When Bach performed his Magnificat for the first time on Christmas Day 1723, the accompanying parts of the alto aria Esurientes were played on two treble (alto) recorders in F. Later, when Bach re-wrote the Magnificat, he transposed the whole work down a semitone (from E flat to D). The recorder parts of the alto aria, transposed from F to E, where now too low for these instruments and had to be given to the flutes, obviously more for practical than aesthetical reasons. The reprint of the first version will be welcomed by recorder players.Alfred Durr.

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