Magnificat (Vivaldi)
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Magnificat Vivaldi

Magnificat is the name of several choral compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, settings of the Magnificat. Vivaldi's best known version is scored for soloists, choir and orchestra, RV 610.[1]


Vivaldi composed his best-known setting of the Magnificat canticle, which is a regular part of vespers services,[2] either before 1717[1] or in 1719.[3] Vivaldi composed several further settings based on the first one,[1] possibly to facilitate performances at the Ospedale della Pietà whe he worked:[4]

  • RV 610a, possibly arranged in the late 1720s for double choir
  • RV 610b, probably arranged before 1717, for single choir
  • RV 611, arranged in late 1730s. Sections for solo voice replaced by five new arias.

Structure and scoring

Vivaldi structured the Magnificat in nine movements, eight for the text of the canticle (Luke 1:46-55), and the conclusion for the doxology. Set in G minor, it is scored for 2 soprano soloists, alto and tenor soloists, SATB choir, violin I and II, viola, and basso continuo, such as cello and organ). The following table shows the title, voices, tempo marking, time, key and text source for the nine movements. Performances require approximately 15 minutes.

Movements of Vivaldi's Magnificat
No. Title Voices Tempo Time Key Text source
1 Magnificat SATB Adagio common time G minor
2 Et exultavit S A T Allegro common time B major Luke 1:47b-49
3 Et misericordia SATB Andante molto common time C minor Luke 1:50
4 Fecit potentiam SATB Presto 3/4 A major Luke 1:51
5 Deposuit potentes de sede SATB (unisono) Allegro 3/4 G minor Luke 1:52-53
6 Esurientes implevit bonis S S Allegro common time B major Luke 1:53
7 Suscepit Israel SATB Largo common time D minor Luke 1:54
8 Sicut locutus est SAB Allegro ma poco common time F major Luke 1:55
9 Gloria patri SATB Largo cut time G minor Doxology


  1. ^ a b c Heller, Karl (1997). Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest of Venice. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-57467-015-8.
  2. ^ Talbot, Michael (1994). "Magnificat, RV610a". Hyperion Records. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Adams, Susan (2011). Vivaldi: Red Priest of Venice. Lion Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-7459-5353-3.
  4. ^ Kolneder, Walter (1970). Antonio Vivaldi: His Life and Work. University of California Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-520-01629-3.


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