Analysis Of Meine Seele Erhebt Den Herren

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July of 1724, Bach developed a cantata format after his arrival in Leipzig, and cantatas became an important part of life for the people of the 17th century. Meine Seel erhebt den Herren is part of a second annual cycle of 40 church cantatas composed for the choristers of the Thomaskirche. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren was a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment, typically in several movements, which were sung by professional musicians accompanied by the choir. Cantatas were religious text messages, language, and final blessings that were sung during worship of the Virgin Mary on a visit to Elizabeth. The cantata contained a variety set of keys such as major and minor to demonstrate different moods and symbolism. This cantata is scored for soprano, tenor, bass and alto soloists, chorus, and trumpet, plus a pair of oboes, strings, and basso continuo. Even though the Meine Seele erhebt den Herren is in the tonic of G minor, the 3rd movement is a recitative meaning the singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms which is used a lot in canatas, and was an effective way to structure drama and meaning of the words. The third movement sets a dark mood of the recitative for tenor soloist; in the phrasings, “Auf seine Hilfe schaun…show more content…
In the beginning of the phrase, starting on “But” the cello supports the tenor with “mezzo forte” to capture the urgency feeling, but soon the strings disappear as the tenor finishes this phrasing. This cantata is explicitly biblical for the love and need of God, so the tenor is singing extremely musical during the phrasings of those words. The tenor again crescendos towards the words “great might” then diminish the volume of his voice when he sings “with his own

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