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"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (SAB choir, cello, keyboard - processional version)

By Johann Sebastian Bach

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Piano Accompaniment, Organ, Harpsichord, Cello, SAB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Benson Kwan. Baroque Period, Christian, Christmas, Easter, Wedding. Individual Part, Score. 6 pages. Published by Published by Mythos (S0.448967).

Item Number: S0.448967

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from a chorale setting of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1723. The English version of the piece was written by the poet laureate Robert Bridges. It is not a translation of the stanzas used within Bach's original version, but is inspired by stanzas of the same hymn that Bach had drawn upon: "Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne", the lyrics of which were written in 1661 by Martin Janus (or Jahn), and which was sung to Johann Schop's 1642 "Werde munter, mein Gemüte" hymn tune.

It is often performed slowly and reverently at wedding ceremonies, as well as during Christian festive seasons like Christmas and Easter. This arrangement is a shortened version of the piece, now slightly longer than 2 minutes -- which is perfect for wedding/Mass entrance. For the keyboard line, harpsichord is recommended, but an organ or a piano will also do.

Included: score (5 pages), choir vocal part (1 page), cello part (1 page)

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