Bach (J.S.), Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (SSAAATTB)

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is the most common English title of the 10th and last movement 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 1716 and 1723. Written during his first year in Leipzig, Germany, this chorale movement is one of Bach’s most enduring works.

A transcription by the English pianist Myra Hess (1890–1965) was published in 1926 for piano solo and in 1934 for piano duet. The British organist Peter Hurford made his organ transcription for the chorale movement as well. Today, it is often performed at wedding ceremonies as well as during Christian festive seasons like Easter Sunday slowly and reverently. This is however, apparently in defiance to the effect suggested by Bach in his original scoring, for voices with trumpet, oboes, strings, and continuo. (Wikipedia)

Dit arrangement is geschikt voor beginnende spelers. Alleen de 1e sopraan heeft een iets moeilijker partij, maar het tempo ligt vrij laag, dus een redelijk gevorderde speler zal de partij wel aankunnen.