Today’s classical piano piece is a transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), BWV 147, Movement No. 10, the chorale, “Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude.”
This movement is best known under the roughly equivalent English title, “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Interestingly, Bach took parts of the chorale melody from a work written in 1641 by violinist Johann Schop.
English pianist Myra Hess made the transcriptions for solo piano and for two pianos in 1926 and 1934.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio for a rare 1947 recording of the piece, played by Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950):