wedding harpist Devon Carpenter, the Classic Harpist, with a Blevins Harp the Laurel Leaf Harp venus classic harp, at a wedding harp duet for a wedding

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

One of J. S. Bach's best-loved compositions, and the final movement of his Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), this piece is very popular for wedding ceremonies.

Played at a moderate tempo, it works well for a processional (and pairs nicely with Pachelbel's "Canon in D" if that piece will also be part of your entrance music). Slightly faster, it becomes a lively recessional, sending the newly-married couple joyfully off to the reception. It is also frequently played during the Christmas season.

This piece can be played on pedal harp or lever harp.  A version of this song recorded with a harp and marimba duet is also available. The duet and trio versions below were recorded live at wedding ceremonies.

Solo Harp

Harp, Violin, & Cello trio

Harp & Piano duet

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