David Solomons

singer, one-man choir, guitarist and composer

Wohl mir dass ich Jesum habe (Jesus bleibet meine Freude - Jesu joy of man's desiring) for brass quartet and strings

Johann Sebastian Bach
David W Solomons
David W Solomons
Classical / Instrumental
Cornet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello
Scored for
Chamber orchestra
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Year of composition

The top line of the brass section can be played on trumpet, cornet or flugelhorn. The sweeter sound of the flugelhorn would be best.
This arrangement follows Bach's presumed intentions such that the dotted rhythms in the 2nd violin part of the original manuscript equal the triplet tempo of the first violin (as is always played in professional performances).
In order to make this clearer for performers, I have therefore set the whole piece in 9/8 tempo.
The pdf file contains score and parts.
The sound sample is an electronic preview.
The original chorus is from the cantata"Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"
BWV 147, which is a Cantata for the Ascension of Mary
The words are:
Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe,
O wie feste halt ich ihn,
Daß er mir mein Herze labe,
Wenn ich krank und traurig bin.
Jesum hab ich, der mich liebet
Und sich mir zu eigen gibet;
Ach drum laß ich Jesum nicht,
Wenn mir gleich mein Herze bricht.

Happy I, who have Jesus,
o how tightly I cling to Him,
so that He delights my heart
when I am sick and sad.
I have Jesus, who loves me
and gives Himself to me as my own;
ah, therefore I will not let go of Jesus,
even if my heart is breaking.

Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
Meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
Er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
Meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
Meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
Darum laß ich Jesum nicht
Aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.

Jesus shall remain my joy,
my heart's comfort and nourishment,
Jesus shall fend off all sorrow,
He is the strength of my life,
the delight and sun of my eyes,
the treasure and wonder of my soul;
therefore I will not let Jesus go
out of my heart and sight.

Upload date
13 Jan 2017


Sheet music file
10.00 USD
PDF, 556.5 Kb (20 p.)


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