Isaac Watts composed the words for this in 1719, and Georg F. Handel the music in 1836–so Joy to the World has been proclaiming the joy of Christmas for a good long time, and will continue for a good long time to come.
Requested by Laura–and I wish I could’ve discovered the name of the choir performing this, so I could give them credit.
Joy to the World–would you believed Isaac Watts published it way back in 1719? It may be old, but it seems to be the most published Christmas hymn in North America today. The melody is usually attributed to G.F. Handel, but that’s not quite certain.
I have chosen this unpretentious performance by I don’t know who… because it sounds joyful!
From the choir at Oxford, excerpted from Handel’s The Messiah (third part, aria), we present I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.
This solo, by the way, was sung by an 11-year-old boy named Henry Jenkinson. Remarkable.