Bach Chorale Prelude 'Jesu, meine Freude', BWV 599

Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my joy), BWV 599, is a piece of the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) by Johann Sebastian bach, a collection of 46 preludes for organ almost exclusively written during the 1708-1717 period, while Bach was court organist in Weimar. The collection is defined by Bach himself in the title page as '[a book] in which a beginning organist receives given instruction as to performing a chorale in a multitude of ways while achieving mastery in the study of the pedal, since in the chorales contained herein the pedal is treated entirely obbligato'. This particular piece is based on a text by Johann Franck, with a melody written by Johann Cruger. The song first appeared in 1653, and since then it has been used numerous times by important composers (Bach himself used it for his BWV 227 funeral motet also). It endures today as no. 293 hymn in the German Protestant Hymnal.
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