Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (trs. Erik Leidzen)
Johann Sebastian Bach, trs. Erik Leidzen
Erik Leidzen first transcribed this famous chorale prelude for the famed Goldman Band of New York City. Carl Fischer, Inc., published this pace-setting arrangement for wind band within months of its 1936 premiere in Central Park. It has long been hailed as a model of elegant, economical wind band scoring in which the arranger masterfully handles the many colors of the modern concert band. Leidzen completed the brass band version in the early 1950’s as part of a larger series of Bach transcriptions written either for the New York Staff Band or for the Star Lake Band at Star Lake Musicamp.