In 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcken, who was employed as a singer at the Court of Prince Leopold of Cöthen. They moved to Leipzig shortly after the birth of their first child, Christiana Sophie, when Bach took up the post of Cantor at the Thomaskirche in May 1723. That year saw the composition of two of Bach’s most joyous works: The Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, composed for Advent 1716, was now reworked, with the famous chorale, known in English as Jesu joy of man’s desiring added at the conclusion of each half. For Christmas of that year, Bach produced an early version of the Magnificat. This work, possibly more than any other captures the magic of the moment when the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing that she is to bear a son.
- Sinfonia from the Cantata Wir danken Dir Gott BWV 29 for organ and orchestra
- Cantata BWV 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
- JC Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf
- Magnificat for Choir soloists and Orchestra BWV 243