Our Lady’s Musical Selection: Two Magnificats

On this Solemnity of the Annunciation, here are two songs to Our Lady: The first, J.S. Bach’s magnificent Magnificat, published in 1733, likely for the feast of the Visitation (May 31st), based on an earlier version in 1723. It is one of the composer’s most performed choral works, and no wonder:

And here is a version of the Magnificat by the incomparable Palestrina composed two centuries earlier, in a different era and time, brilliant and exquisite. The final Amen…well, take a listen: