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

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Arranged for Guitar, from Cantata BWV 147, Free PDF Sheet Music Edition or TAB
Level: Intermediate (Grade 4), YouTube Video Lesson & Performance (4k).

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach is from Bach’s Cantata BWV 147 and arranged here for classical guitar. 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 edition so please enjoy. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates on free sheet music and more. Please consider supporting the site and free sheet music. 

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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.


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