Flute Performance

Abagail Berg

4th Quarter Perfomance

The performance of... Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Friday, April 29th, 1pm

1717 40th Avenue South

Fargo, ND


The composer of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was born on March 31, 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. He came from a family of musicians. He played the violin and had a beautiful Soprano Singing voice. In later years, he played the organ. Bach went to St. Michael’s School in Luneburg, Germany. He had many musical jobs afterwards.

In 1706, Bach married his cousin Maria Barbara Bach. They had seven children, but some died in infancy. Bach was very devoted to his family. In 1720, Maria died while Bach was on a trip. He married Anna Magdalena Wulcken the following year. They had thirteen children, but more than half died as children. Bach shared his love o music with all his children.

In his later years, Bach made musical interpretations of the bible. In 1740, he struggled with his eyesight, but continued to play and write music. Johann Sebastian Bach died on July 28, 1750 in Leipzig, Germany. Bach still inspires many musicians and people today with his emotional pieces.


The arranger of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is Jonathon Robbins. There is no information available about him. Maybe he's a ghost?

About Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesu, Joys of Man's Desiring was written by Bach in 1716 and 1723. It is a song about Jesus, and it is often played at wedding ceremonies, Easter, and Christmas. It was first written for piano, but there are many other instrumental arrangements. There are actual lyrics to this song. The original lyrics were written in German, and then they were later translated to English.

About Abagail Berg

Abagail Berg is 13 years old and lives in Fargo, ND. Her family includes, Stacie (mother), Ryan (father), Jillian (sister), and Drew. She also has two dogs, Sophie & Lincoln. Some of her hobbies include writing, reading, obsessing over Jellyfish, playing piano, and of course playing flute.


My piece is Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. I learned a lot from this piece. One of things I learned was how to play in compound time. It also helped me practice connecting notes. I'm glad I choose this piece because it was challenging and then once I could play it, I was able to work on smaller things, like tone.