Wedding Music

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben by

It's an old chestnut, but this traditional church song is soothing at a wedding

Full Title Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Notes Bach’s famous anthem from his Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, is a favourite anthem at Weddings.

Duration 4 minutes, or so, unless performed in a more dance-like way (i.e. faster) as it often is. Or longer with both verses, or played twice, which is more uncommon.

Performers required

  • Choir accompanied by organ or piano
  • Soprano solist accompanied by organ or piano
  • Trumpet or other melody instrument accompanied by organ or piano
  • Organ alone
  • Piano alone

Source of printed music to follow

(organ version)

 
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.

Words by Martin Jahn (1661), translated by Robert Bridges (1844 - 1930)

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