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Cory Hall

This page presents original piano works, transcriptions, piano studies, and editions by BachScholar's founder and editor-in-chief, Dr. Cory Hall. For Hall's extensive bio, please click here and scroll down the page. All listings on this page are instant download PDFs. For hardcopy books, please click the link below.

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (arr. Hall)

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (arr. Hall)

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This download consists of a high-quality, non-printable PDF for iPads, tablets, and computers. A hardcopy print version of this book can be ordered HERE from our distributing agent’s online store.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4 pages) presents a rich, romantic-style concert arrangement of Bach’s famous chorale setting from Cantata No. 147. The most well-known piano version, by Myra Hess, is a literal transcription from the cantata, which not only presents several awkward and difficult technical challenges, but can easily sound dry and technical on the modern piano. Hall’s arrangement is refreshingly different and original and less difficult to play than Hess’ version, making it more accessible to pianists and listeners. Hall transcribes Jesu to the lush, romantic key of D-flat major, which results in a deeper sound (a tri-tone lower than the original G major) and is easier to play and has more idiomatic fingerings due to the use of all five black keys. Hall’s arrangement is ideal for the teaching studio and concert hall for all grades from the intermediate through concert level.

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