Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, J.S. Bach


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from a chorale setting of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1723.

Bach scored the chorale movements from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben for choir, trumpet, violin, optionally oboe, viola, and basso continuo.

This is a relatively easy piece to play with the Uke 1 part taking the scale-pattern sections, often using Campanella fingering, and hence requires a re-entrant tuned (or Hi G) ukulele. The squiggle line over the top of some of the notes indicates left-hand vibrato.

I rhythmic device used is the duplet. With the piece being in 9/8 and three even beats, when a duplet is played it really stretches out the beat nicely; try not to rush them.

Dynamics are also an important feature in the arrangement, as is a consistent meter; not too fast or too slow.

Your purchase will allow you to copy sufficient parts for ONE group.

If you require a licence to play this arrangement in more than one group, please purchase additional copies for each.



For Ukulele Orchestra:C6 Tuning, 3 x Hi G parts ,1 x Lo G part & Bass

For all player levels, the lead ukulele part does require good scale and Campanella technique.

Each pack comes with a score in notation, and separate parts (in both TAB and Notation), as well as a short introduction with playing notes. 

Here is a Soundcloud file  with Ian playing all the parts