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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Composer: Bach Johann Sebastian

Instruments: Voice Soprano Alto Tenor Bass Mixed chorus Orchestra Violin Cello

Tags: Sacred cantatas Cantatas Religious music


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Selections. 10. Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' PDF 0 MB
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Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Complete Score PDF 0 MBChorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Choral Score (German) PDF 0 MBChorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Choral Score (English) PDF 0 MBChorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Choral Score (Dutch) PDF 0 MB
Complete. Complete Score PDF 29 MB
Selections. 5. Aria: 'Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn' PDF 0 MB
Selections. 6. Chorale: 'Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe' PDF 0 MB

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Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Cello + Viola + Violin(2) (De Wael, Johan)Aria: 'Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht' (No.3). Violin + Keyboard + Basso continuo (Knuth, Jürgen)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Cello + Viola + Violin(2) (Peter Lange-Müller)Chorus: 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' (No.1). Cello(2) + Viola(2) + Violin(2) (Russ Bartoli)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ + Violin(2) (Jolliet, Elie)


Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Nuno Carmona)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Unknown)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ + Trumpet (Rondeau, Michel)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Gouin, Pierre)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Flute(8) (Hideo Kamioka)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Recorder(4) (Maximilian Olschewski)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Bassoon + Clarinet(3) + Flute (Bibliotecario RWO Contrabasso)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Mixed chorus (Knuth, Jürgen)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Woodwinds + Percussion instrument + Brass instrument (Rondeau, Michel)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Orchestra (Luca Albanese)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Alain Brunet)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Oboe + Organ (Alain Brunet)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Jolliet, Elie)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ + String instrument + Mixed chorus (Stenov, Michael)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Saxophone(4) (Davis, John David)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Bassoon + Clarinet + Flute + French horn + Oboe (Wendy Large)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Bassoon + Clarinet + Flute + French horn + Oboe (Alici, Guido)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). String instrument (Ryan Teynor)Aria: 'Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn' (No.5). String trio (Peter Lange-Müller)Aria: 'Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht' (No.3). Oboe + String instrument (Peter Lange-Müller)Aria: 'Hilf, Jesu, hilf, daß ich auch dich bekenne' (No.7). For String Duos (Lang). (Peter Lange-Müller)Aria: 'Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen' (No.9). String quintet (Peter Lange-Müller)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Guitar (Stefan Apke)Selections (Nos.6, 10). Lute (Vladimír Váša)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Recorder(7) (R.D. Tennent)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ + Saxophone (Alain Brunet)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Flugelhorn(2) + Trombone(4) + Trumpet(2) + Tuba + French horn (Rondeau, Michel)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Piano(2) (Josias Matschulat)Aria: 'Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen' (No.9). For String Sextets (Lang). (Peter Lange-Müller)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Recorder(4) (Kompy)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Bass accordion + Accordion(3) (De Bra, Paul)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (Righetti, Benjamin)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ + Trumpet (Pedrosa, Juan Antonio)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Organ (West, John Ebenezer)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Piano (Harold Bauer)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Piano (Hall, Frederick)Chorale: 'Jesus bleibet meine Freude' (No.10). Piano (Myra Hess)
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (or simply "Joy") 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 same music on different stanzas of a chorale closes both parts of the cantata.
A transcription by the English pianist Myra Hess (1890–1965) was published in 1926 for piano solo and in 1934 for piano duet. It is often performed slowly and reverently at wedding ceremonies, as well as during Christian festive seasons like Christmas and Easter.
Bach composed a four-part setting with independent orchestral accompaniment of two stanzas of the hymn "Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne", written by Martin Janus in 1661, which was sung to a melody by the violinist and composer Johann Schop, "Werde munter, mein Gemüthe". The movements conclude the two parts of the cantata.
Bach scored the chorale movements (6 and 10) from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben for choir, trumpet, violin, optionally oboe, viola, and basso continuo.
The music's wide popularity has led to numerous arrangements and transcriptions, such as for the classical guitar and, in Wendy Carlos' album Switched-On Bach, on the Moog synthesizer. According to The New Oxford Companion to Music, the best-known transcription for piano is by Dame Myra Hess.
The following is the most commonly heard English version of the piece, attributed to 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.
Jesu, joy of man's desiring, Holy wisdom, love most bright; Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring Soar to uncreated light. Word of God, our flesh that fashioned, With the fire of life impassioned, Striving still to truth unknown, Soaring, dying round Thy throne. Through the way where hope is guiding, Hark, what peaceful music rings; Where the flock, in Thee confiding, Drink of joy from deathless springs. Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure; Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure. Thou dost ever lead Thine own In the love of joys unknown.
Jahn's verses express a close, friendly, and familiar friendship with Jesus, who gives life to the poet. It has been noted that the original German hymn was characteristically a lively hymn of praise, which is carried over somewhat into Bach's arrangement; whereas a slower, more stately tempo is traditionally used with the English version.
Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe, o wie feste halt' ich ihn, daß er mir mein Herze labe, wenn ich krank und traurig bin. Jesum hab' ich, der mich liebet und sich mir zu eigen giebet, ach drum laß' ich Jesum nicht, wenn mir gleich mein Herze bricht.   Jesus bleibet meine Freude, meines Herzens Trost und Saft, Jesus wehret allem Leide, er ist meines Lebens Kraft, meiner Augen Lust und Sonne, meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne; darum laß' ich Jesum nicht aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.  
Well for me that I have Jesus, O how tightly I hold him that he might refresh my heart, when I'm sick and sad. Jesus I have, who loves me and gives himself to me, ah, therefore I will not leave Jesus, Even if I feel my heart is breaking. —from BWV 147, chorale movement no. 6 Jesus remains my joy, my heart's comfort and essence, Jesus fends off all suffering, He is my life's strength, my eye's desire and sun, my soul's treasure and pleasure; Therefore I will not leave Jesus out of heart and face. —from BWV 147, chorale movement no. 10
The melody and other elements have been used in several pop and classical crossover recordings: