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The cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" for solo voices, chorus and orchestra was written in Weimar for performance on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Its tenth section, "Jesu bleibt meine Freunde." which we know as "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring," is one of Bach's best-loved works.
This piece is a perennial favourite at weddings when the bridal party enters.
Both this piece's original choral version and the famous piano transcription by the English pianist Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965) are equally well known. Hess's transcription was published in 1926 for piano solo and in 1934 for piano duet, but the transcription itself has since been arranged for various instruments and combinations.
The Beach Boys 1979 song "Lady Lynda
," which was a #6 hit in the UK, is based on the melody of the song, but not the words. The British instrumental studio group Apollo 100 scored a 1972 #6 hit in the US with "Joy," a fast-paced instrumental version of this piece.
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