Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, Violin and Cello Duet (arr. David McKeown) by J S Bach Sheet Music for Instrumental Duet at Sheet Music Direct
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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, Violin and Cello Duet (arr. David McKeown) Digital Sheet Music
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Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, J S Bach, Violin and Cello Duet (arr. David McKeown)by J S Bach Instrumental Duet - Digital Sheet Music

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Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring is the usual title in English of the last movement of J S Bachs Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben. Originally scored for choir, trumpet, violin and basso continuo, it was written in 1723 for the church of St Thomas in Leipzig where Bach was employed. This version is scored for one Violin and one Cello.

Musicians at an intermediate level and above will find this ideal for formal and informal performances. The famous melody in 9/8 alternates with the slow 4-part chorale sections. All players will enjoy experiencing the rich texture of Bachs harmony. The overall performance time is around three minutes if played at the faster tempo that Bach preferred. The sample recording is from the Clarinet and Alto Saxophone version of this duet. The complete performance on youtube is from the Clarinet version.

Teachers will enjoy using this arrangement as a fun way to introduce 9/8 rhythms. 

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