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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, for String Quintet or String Orchestra

By J S Bach

Violin, Viola, Cello, String Orchestra - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by J S Bach. Arranged by David McKeown. Baroque Period, Christian, Sacred, Repertoire, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 19 pages. Published by David McKeown (S0.223173).

Item Number: S0.223173

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 String Quintet, three Violins, oneViola and one Cello. There is an alternative part 3 included for another Viola,and an alternative part 4 for an additional cello. This arrangement can of course be played by a String Orchestra as well as a Quintet. 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.

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  • 2018-02-08 09:56:44.0 true to score

    This arrangement is very true, excepting articulations, to the original score. It can be used by strings or woodwinds. Purchased for flute ensemble of 7, to play for offertory on Palm Sunday. Players range from orchestral professionals to competent players whose day job is something else. It is not at...

    all difficult. I rate it "intermediate" due to the experience needed to play successfully in ensemble.

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