Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Duet for Cello, Violin or Guitar

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring duet, now for cello and violin, two violins or two guitars.

This is a simple but satisfying 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!):

Cello and violin duet Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach

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Here is the violin duet:

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for Violin or Instrumental duet, Key of G

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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.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring guitar tabs duet

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring duet for beginning guitar

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring classical guitar duet for beginner guitar students

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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.





The download links for the duets:


Download Cello and Violin duet, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring


Download "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" duet for violin


Download classical guitar duet with guitar tabs "Jesu Joy"








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