‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I’ve never heard a more beautiful piece of music than this–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance is by St. George’s Singers, with an oboe solo.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

We can’t let Christmas come or go without posting this, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the New London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski conducting, and the Norman Luboff Choir.

By Special Request, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

This may be the most beautiful piece of music ever written–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Sung here by Josh Groban, and requested by Erlene.

We usually hear this hymn around Christmas; but there is no day on the calendar when Jesus Christ is not our Savior and our King.

‘O, Sacred Head Surrounded’

Lyrics by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, music by Johann Sebastian Bach–next on the list of Your Favorite Hymns, O, Sacred Head Surrounded.

Hard to believe this was one of the songs in our seventh-grade concert.

‘Jesus, Priceless Treasure’

Here’s a hymn by Johann Sebastian Bach, sung by the Lutheran Quartet–Jesus, Priceless Treasure. 

Your Favorite Hymns continues day by day: please feel free to add to the list.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ (with Lyrics)

I promised I’d provide the lyrics, the next time I posted this hymn, so here we are–J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Thanks to “Spadecaller” for putting together this lively video.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I almost turned away from this, when I realized no one was going to sing; but the sheer beauty of the music, composed for the glory of God, kept me here: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach, performed by the Wedding String Quartet.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

It would be remiss of me not to post this at Christmastime, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and written to the glory of the Lord–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by J.S. Bach. The rendition by Celtic Woman is a little over-produced visually, for my taste–but the sound! If this doesn’t stir your soul, I don’t know what will.

By Request, J.S. Bach: ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme’

OK, let’s get some of these hymns played. Requested by Heidi, a chorus from a Bach cantata, Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme (“Wake, rise, the voices call us”).

This reminds me of a day when some of our family from the Old Country came to America to visit Grandpa. Everyone was sitting outside on the porch, conversing in German, when suddenly my cousin, Christopher, just a little boy at the time, started to cry.

“Why, what’s the matter?”

And he explained: “Everybody’s talkin’ Germany but me!”

By Request, ‘Jesu, Joy of Men’s Desiring’

One of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. Instrumental guitar rendition by Rick Foster; requested by Joshua. Second to none.