Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) (Grade 3 - Score Only). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Philip Sparke. For Concert Band. Anglo Music Concert Band. Grade 3. 16 pages. Anglo Music Press #AMP104. Published by Anglo Music Press (HL.44004969).
Bach's appointment as cantor at Leipzig's Thomaskirche in 1723 required him to produce a new cantata for every Sunday service. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is taken from No. 147, and is unusually elaborate, treated more like an aria than a chorale. It is easily the best-loved cantata movement from Bach's entire output and is a certain crowd pleaser for your concert program.