Bach, JS :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

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  • Composer
    Bach, JS
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ197]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach, JS

Musicians Publications presents J.S. Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring arranged for flexible woodwind quintet by Bill Holcombe. Scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this flexible quintet also includes an optional bass clarinet part to replace the bassoon when necessary. This arrangement is intermediate in difficulty.

Bach was not considered a saint by his students and contemporaries in Leipzig. However, he was obviously sincere when he write, 'The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music. With his demanding schedule, Bach must have felt a need for spiritual assistance very often. In addition to many other responsibilities, he composed (and taught) over 250 cantatas in five yearly sets one for each Sunday of the year. Although characteristic of his genius, Bach's cantatas were considered old fashioned by his composer sons and many other musicians. Only one was published during his lifetime: his widow sold a large bundle of manuscripts for about 40 dollars.

This still-popular chorale, from a melody by Johan Schop (1590-1664), occurs at the close of Bach's 'Cantata No. 147 Be Thou Cheerful, O My Spirit . He used the same melody in Nos. 233 and 365 of his four-part chorales.

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  • Composer
    Bach, JS
  • Instrumentation
    Woodwind Quintet
  • Publisher
    Musicians Publications [WQ197]
  • Editor
    Holcombe, Bill (arr)
  • Orchestration
    fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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