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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, for Saxophone Quintet

By J S Bach

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Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Woodwind Quintet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by J S Bach. Arranged by David McKeown. Baroque Period, Christian, Sacred, General Worship, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by David McKeown (S0.223169).

Item Number: S0.223169

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring is the usual title in English ofthe last movement of J S Bach’sCantata 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 StThomas in Leipzig where Bach wasemployed.

This version is scored for Saxophone Quintet, four Eb Altos and oneBb Tenor. There is also an alternative part 1 included for Soprano Sax, apart 4 for Tenor Sax and a part 5 for Baritone Sax. The score and all parts are combinedin one pdf file.

Musicians at an intermediate level and above willfind this ideal for formal and informal performances. The famous melody in 9/8 alternateswith the slow 4-part chorale sections. All players will enjoy experiencing therich texture of Bach’s harmony. Theoverall performance time is around three minutes if played at the faster tempothat Bach preferred. The sample recording is from the Clarinet version of this Quintet.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to introduce9/8 rhythms. There are few rests and long lines, so breathing will requireplanning.

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