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Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for Piano Trio

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By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Piano Trio - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by James M. Guthrie. Christian, Christmas, Easter, Wedding, Funeral. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.297231).

Item Number: S0.297231

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata 147 arranged for piano trio (piano, violin & cello). Includes bowings. Score: 9 pg, string parts 2 pg, piano part: 4 pg. Duration with optional repeat: 7:54
Great choice for Christmas or Easter.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bach composed a cantatacalled Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. Though it is the 32ndcantata, it is listed as BWV 147. Jesu,Joy of Man’s Desiring is the 10th movement of the cantata. Itwas customary to use previous melodies as a basis for a new work - a practicecalled Cantus prius factus. So, thechorale melody for this piece is a historic tune called Werde munter, mein Gemüthe. Jesu,Joy of Man’s Desiring is customarily performed at weddings, and duringmajor church seasons such as Easter and Christmas.

Bach Overview

First of all, Johann Sebastian Bach ismaybe the greatest composer in music history. Certainly, he was prolific.As a result, everyone has heard of his works. Furthermore, these works numberwell over a thousand. It seems like people are probably most familiar with theinstrumental works such as the Brandenburg Concertos, and the GoldbergVariations. But, similarly famous are such noteworthy works as theWell-Tempered Clavier, the Musical Offering, and certainly the Art of Fugue.Seems like his most famous vocal works include the most noteworthy Mass in BMinor. Also, most noteworthy, though, are the St. John Passion, and certainlythe Christmas Oratorio.


Bach came from a long line of musicians and aboveall, composers. Consequently, he, first of all, pursued a career as a churchorganist. So as a result, he gained employment in various Protestant churchesin Germany. For a while, he worked as a court musician in Weimar and Köthen.Here he probably developed his organ style and likewise his chamber musicstyle. Eventually, he, therefore gained an appointment as Cantor of St. Thomasin Leipzig. Here he worked until difficulties with his employerultimately drove him away. The King of Poland finally appointed him as courtcomposer.


It seems like Bach created a fascinatingnew international style. He synthesized elements of the most noteworthyEuropean music ideas into his new style. Even more, this new style was probablyhis synthesis of European musical rhythm and form. Furthermore, in addition tohis complete mastery of counterpoint and motivic development, hissense of harmonic organization probably propelled him to the top.


Mendelssohn conducted a Bach revival in thenineteenth century. His effort probably helped to re-familiarize thepublic with the magnitude of Bach’s works. During this period, scholarspublished many noteworthy Bach biographies. Moreover,Wolfgang Schmieder published the BWV (Bach Werke Verzeichnis).As a result, this is now the official catalog of his entire artistic output.The BWV number allows us to locate a work in the catalog. Sometimes scholarswill simply use an “S” (Schmieder) as an abbreviation for “BWV”.


NASA launched two Voyager spacecraft in 1977. On-board are phonographrecords with sounds, music, and images of life on Earth. The purpose of thelaunch was to inform intelligent extraterrestrial life forms about conditionson Earth. The music on the disc is varied. There is Bach,Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky among others. However, because Bachis so important in our music history, it contains three times more Bachthat all the others combined.


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