Now My Soul Exalts The Lord BWV 10: Cantata for the Feast of Visitation B. V. M.
With his cantata Meine Seel Erhebt Den Herren which Bach composed for the Visitation of Mary (2 July), he created a Magnificat setting of a different kind: The German text source is a combination of biblical text and a free interpretation, the basis being the Marian hymn of praise from the Gospel according to Luke. The 9th psalm tone acts as the chorale melody and becomes a recurring musical theme.
With a small scoring of one trumpet (which if need be can be omitted), two oboes, strings and basso continuo along with four soloists and choir, Bach succeeds in writing a festive music of 20-25 minutes.
This performing edition is based on the Urtext of the New Bach Edition.