Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring duet, now for cello and violin, two violins or two guitars is a simple but satisying arrangement of Bach's beautiful choral piece. With guitar tabs and standard notation.
Like so many pieces I use, this one was originally requested by a student.
Here is a beautifully performed trio version of Bach's piece, much longer than the free arrangements I have here:
Simple? Well, Part 1 uses notes that beginning violin students and guitar students alike have learned, hopefully, by the end of their first year.
Part 2 uses lower, more unfamiliar notes (for beginning musicians), but also moves much more slowly!
Here is the new duet for CELLO and violin (inspired by my daughter's desire for elegant wedding music that the musicians could knock out in no time!):
Here is the violin duet:
Now, the version above for violin is exactly the same as the guitar version, except that I added guitar tabs (and it is 3 pages long!). Reading just the violin or standard staff version would be excellent practice for your young guitarists who are headed into the world of classical music.
In the Christopher Parkening video below, the claim is made that this piece is one of the most difficult in the guitar repertoire. However, the duet arrangement above is NOT difficult!
The guitar tabs, smack dab up against the standard notation, offer an excellent opportunity to, yet again, seek to convince reluctant note-readers of the superiority of the treble staff over guitar tabs! In my version of the guitar tabs, no rhythm is apparent! The rests are nowhere to be found. Beginning guitar students will be driven (hopefully!) to look at the treble clef for guidance.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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