Glossary Term:Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

A popular wedding processional classical music piece by Bach

A joyful musical selection by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is a perennial wedding processional favorite.

Listen to a clip of Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’



Originally created by Bach for the Advent season in 1716 as a piece of religious music made for voices – known as a cantata – the piece was later rewritten for piano several years later.

When selected for a wedding processional, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is typically played without lyrics.

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