March 21st, 2008


Music quiz answers #8

8. Jesus shall remain my gladness,
My heart's comfort and lifeblood,
Jesus fights all sorrow,
He is my life-force,
My eye's pleasure and sun,
My soul's treasure and bliss;
So let me not remove Jesus
From my heart and vision.

Jesu 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.

Full lyrics

Answer: Johann Sebastian Bach. Jesu bleibet meine Freude, from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Cantata 147, Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life), 1723. a.k.a. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring".

Where you've probably heard it: Like the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is extremely popular at weddings (including weddings in movies and television shows), though it has a slight edge over the Bridal Chorus in that it was actually written for church use and thus doesn't get banned as often. It has been used all over the place, appears on just about every album of "wedding music" out there, and actually hit #6 on the U.S. pop singles chart via the 1972 rocked-up version by Apollo 100, which itself has turned up in a few movies.

Feudalism: Serf & Turf