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February 28, 2010

A Song for Sunday #40

Filed under: A Song for Sunday,Music — rmangum @ 9:30 am

Alright, back to the Bach. Guitarist Leo Kottke recorded a fine version of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring on his second album 6 and 12 String Guitar, released on John Fahey’s Takoma label in 1969. In Kottke’s odd liner notes for this album, he writes by this song, “Bach had twenty children because his organ didn’t have any stops.” While this is one of the most famous pieces of Bach’s vast output, the melody was actually written by violinist Johann Schop, which Bach then harmonized and orchestrated for the chorale of his cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”).

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