As time allows I have been transcribing into notation some of my music and making that available on this site.  The full score for Opus 1 in my Bluesy Bach series of recordings, Bluesy Bach – Opus 1 (Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring), is now available for purchase.  This piece is scored for four electric guitars, violin 1, violin 2, viola and cello, contrabass, electric bass 1, electric bass 2, timpani and two drum kits.  The drum kit parts are only an approximation as notating drum parts is exceedingly difficult, at least for me!

This was my first venture into rearranging Bach to take on a blues groove and was with his, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Per Wikipedia, it “is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723.”

Bach scored this piece for choir, trumpet, violin, optionally oboe, viola, and basso continuo.  As I said, my arrangement is scored for scored for four electric guitars, violin 1, violin 2, viola and cello, contrabass, electric bass 1, electric bass 2, timpani and two drum kits.  The guitar plays the violin 1 melody and the double bass plays the choir lines.  A preview of the score and the full score are available for purchase in the sheet music store.

Bluesy Back Opus 1 Cover Art

CC BY-NC 4.0 Bluesy Bach Opus 1 Full Score by Christopher J Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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