Bach composed Cantata 10, Meine Seel erhebt den Herren (My Soul Magnifies the Lord) for the Feast of Visitation in 1724, which celebrates Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth. As told in the Gospel of Luke, both women were pregnant, and Elizabeth’s baby (John the Baptist) leapt for joy in the womb, recognizing Jesus in Mary’s womb. In turn, Mary responds with the famous Magnificat praising the Lord. We hear the exuberant cheerfulness and energy of this meeting highlighted especially well in the second movement aria sung by the soprano. Set in a joyful mood, Bach wrote many “leaps” for the singer, expressing praise and thankfulness. Other than this movement, one will find this cantata to be more dramatic and contemplative; the tenor/alto duet and following tenor recitative, in particular, are quite serious in mood.
Colorado Bach Ensemble’s “Cantata Insights Series” gives audiences an opportunity to learn more about Bach’s many cantatas. In these popular and educational concerts, Artistic Director James Kim has a special way of explaining what he knows, drawing you into the wonders of Bach’s music. After James gives his insights on a “guided tour” through the cantata, the ensemble performs the work in its entirety, giving the audience a fresh perspective of one of Bach’s magnificent works.Reserve Tickets – Jan. 20 Reserve Tickets – Jan. 21