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  • A flowing and memorable composition from J.S. Bach, Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring is equally at home as a wedding processional, prelude, or recessional song. It is a popular piano solo as well as orchestral piece, and is heard not infrequently as a solo for violin, pipe organ, or flute. The running 8th note triplets, or perhaps 8th notes in a 9/8 time signature, give it motion that runs through the fabric of the entire composition, with a brief respite where the melody is sung by the choir (or played on an instrument) with longer sustained tones, though even then the flow of 8th notes continues between phrases.

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach as part of a Cantata. Generally played at at a leisurely pace for weddings, Bach originally intended for it to be much more lively. Little known fact - Johan Strop is the composer of the chorale melody which Bach harmonized and orchestrated for his Jesu.

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Lyrics:

Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned
With the fire of life impassioned
Striving still to truth unknown
Soaring, dying round Thy throne
Through the way where hope is guiding
Hark, what peaceful music rings
Where the flock, in Thee confiding
Drink of joy from deathless springs
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown

credits

from Wedding Processional Songs for Brides Bridesmaids, released July 14, 2010
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring was arranged and produced by Steve Millikan. Solo Violin - Kara Day-Spurlock. ©2010 Weedom & Reap/ASCAP/All Rights Reserved

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