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Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Piano Tutorial

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Piano Tutorial has been shortened and simplified.   This piece is great for late beginner and early intermediate piano students.

This famous Classical melody is from the Baroque Period.  This easy piano version has been arranged here by Gilbert DeBenedetti for Level 2 piano students.

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Piano Tutorial



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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Piano Tutorial

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is the most common English title of this piece of music.  It was originally derived from a chorale setting of the cantata. 

Bach composed and played the harpsichord for all of his compositions and perfoemances.  The harpsichord was the distant cousin to the piano as we know it today.  Often the artwork was elaborate on these instruments.

The translation of this title means “Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”.  It was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1723.

History of Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is one of the most popular choral compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach.

It was crafted around 1714-1716, Bach’s first year in Weimar.

And it is the 10th movement of “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,” his famous cantata.

However, the melody of this piece was composed by Johann Schop, while Johann Sebastian orchestrated and harmonized the melody.

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is also simply called, “Joy.”

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