Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, Viola Duet
by Johann Sebastian Bach
String Duet - Digital Sheet Music

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Viola Duet Viola - Level 3 - Digital Download

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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. Arranged by David McKeown. Baroque,Christian,Christmas,Sacred,Standards. Score. 5 pages. David McKeown #3077259. Published by David McKeown (A0.587169).

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring is the usual title in English of the last movement of J S Bach’s Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. Originally scored for choir, trumpet, violin and basso continuo, it was written in 1723 for the church of St Thomas in Leipzig where Bach was employed. This version is scored for Two Violas.

Musicians at an intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. The famous melody in 9/8 alternates with the slow 4-part chorale sections. All players will enjoy experiencing the rich texture of Bach’s harmony. The overall performance time is around three minutes if played at the faster tempo that Bach preferred. The sample recording is from the Clarinet and Alto Saxophone version of this duet. The complete performance on youtube is from the Clarinet version.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to introduce 9/8 rhythms.

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