Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach for Guitar

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Arranged for classical guitar, from Cantata BWV 147. PDF Sheet Music or TAB for classical guitar. The level is intermediate (Grade 4). YouTube Lesson & Performance. 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.

Sheet Music or TAB Edition (PDF)

Here’s some more info via Wiki: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (German: Jesu, meiner Seelen Wonne) is the most common English title of the 10th movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), BWV 147 composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723. Today, it is often performed at wedding ceremonies as well as during Christian festive seasons like Christmas & Resurrection Sunday slowly and reverently…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.”

Pro Performance

Matthew McAllister playing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) right from my edition. This comes via his amazing YouTube channel. It’s fantastic to hear a great pro like McAllister play my edition, he’s so musical and it’s always interesting to hear a new interpretation.

Playing a wedding? check out this article on how to play at weddings.

5 Comments

  1. very nice rendition and performance.

  2. Very nice to hear and see it being played in a relaxed but controlled manner.

  3. Always it’s a pleasure hear your performance on this beautiful piece.

  4. Sukhi narayan Pradhan

    Well played

  5. Thanks very much!

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