J.S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"




Johan Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is part of a larger work, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, composed in the early 1700s. The orignal melody was composed by Johann Schopp in the mid 1600s and was later arragned for chorus by J.S. Bach some 50 years later. As the title implies, it was compased as a praise and worship song.

This piece was composed during what is often referred to as the Baroque Era (1600-1750). Music of this time was considered to be much more ornamented than the more simplistic music that preceeded it. Baroque music, by contrast to Beethoven's music of the 1800s, may seem a little more straight-forward with its single melodic idea, continous rhythm, and mostly diatonic (notes belonging to the same key) harmonic and melodic developments.


Audio Files

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Here is the MIDI file if you prefer a program other than Finale


Sheet Music


Here is the music for Guitar 1

Here is the music for Guitar 2

Here is the music for Guitar 3

Here is the music for Guitar 4

Here is the music for Guitar 5

Here is the music for Bass Guitar

Parts Assignments:

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Gtr1- Jake, Tony
Gtr2- Spencer
Gtr3- Randy, Chris
Gtr4- Tonna, Bill
Gtr5- Ocky, Lisa, Andrew, Elijah
Bass- Zoey