This morning at Clayville, we played our improvised, all-by-ear version of Pachelbel's Canon in D and it sounded good to our ears -- as it always does. And it reminded me of the time several of my friends got together in a pickup old-time/bluegrass band in grad student days. It lasted a few months, if memory serves, and they got a few gigs playing for drinks and tips at bars around the UT campus. One of their songs was a banjo arrangement of "Jesu Thou Joy of Man's Desiring," the chorale from Bach's cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147.
No doubt it was a desecration, but I was learning to play the dulcimer at the time, and Jesu was one of the first melodies I worked out on the dulcimer -- another desecration, no doubt -- at least the first few measures up to where the melody wanders off into a chord progression the dulcimer can't get to.
All of which got me to thinking -- wouldn't it be fun to play "Jesu" at Clayville?
So here, to add to my ever-growing list of projects I may or may not get around to sometime, are some notes on "Jesu Thou Joy of Man's Desiring."
Sheet music (in C) http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/Level2/2JesuJoy.pdf
- Lead sheet for guitar (in G) http://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Bach-Jesu-solo-2014.pdf
And some YouTube videos:
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring-Christopher Parkening
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring: fingerstyle guitar -- Joseph Sobol. arranged and played by Joseph Sobol on a custom Fylde Falstaff guitar. Thanks to Daniel Santiago of East Tennessee State University for the videography, and to Roger Bucknall of Fylde for the guitar.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, joy of man's desiring (BWV 147), The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford
Celtic Woman also have a typically hyped-up schmaltzathon of an arrangement at ... oh, hell, on second thought, if you want to hear it, you can Google it yourself.
Sheet music of a number of classical pieces, BTW, inculuding Grieg's "Morning" and a couple of others I want to learn, at http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/freebiesAlpha.html
- Brahms' Lullaby
- Pachelbel's Canon in D
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
- Eine kleine Nachtmusik
- Four Seasons, Vivaldi
- In an English Country Garden
- Grieg, Morning Song http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/Level2/2Morning.pdf
- Mozart, Rondo Alla Turco