Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for guitar (Free PDF)


Johann_Sebastian_BachJesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Arranged for Guitar, from Cantata BWV 147
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Free PDF Sheet Music Edition or TAB
Level: Intermediate (Grade 4)
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Some free sheet music for guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, is an arrangement from Bach’s Cantata BWV 147. This is a great piece for gigs such as weddings. I tried to keep true to the original but also keep it simple enough to sight-read at gigs. I’ve included a free notation version so please enjoy. The TAB version has a small cost. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on free sheet music and more. Please consider supporting the site to keep the free sheet music coming.  

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FYI, if you’re terrified of playing weddings you should check out this article on how to play at weddings.

Here’s some more info via WikiJesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is the most common English title of the 10th movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723. 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 Christmas & Resurrection 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. Written during his first year in Leipzig, Germany, this chorale movement is one of Bach’s most enduring works.

Also see different versions via Amazon: Bach for Guitar in Tab, or Wedding Favorites


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