by Colleen Adent, arr. by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. ALRY Publications
mp3 (recording by Rose City Flute Choir)
Jesu Joy!, a delightful arrangement of the well-known Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach was originally composed by Colleen Adent for piano. Clever use of syncopation in common time, instead of the original eighth notes in 9/8 written by Bach, as well as interesting chord substitutions, make this composition delightful from start to finish. I first heard this piece in 2011 played by the composer, and immediately fell in love with it. Thinking that it would be a nice addition to the flute choir repertoire, I obtained permission to arrange it.
Jesu Joy! is scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto, bass, and opt. contrabass flute. Scored for piccolo, 3 flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute. If without a contra, the contrabass part can be played by Bass Flute 2.
Level 3+ (3:00)