J.S. Jig

From Wind Repertory Project
Brant Karrick

Brant Karrick

Subtitle: Featuring J. S. Bach's Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $72.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Claves
  • Concert Tom
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Xylophone

Players whistling


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written in October of 2006, J. S. Jig is a dance that fuses themes of J. S. Bach into a lilting 6/8 Irish Jig. The first sketch consists of the main theme, initially as a fugue, and includes a short quote of Bach’s much-loved Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. As the composer continued to play with the theme, experimenting with harmonies, colors and orchestration, he began to imagine old Johann himself along with some good-humored Irish musicians looking over his shoulder. He wanted them all to be pleased and like the music! To further pay homage to Bach, he decided to include the Bach chorale Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan, a chorale which the composer’s father had transcribed and had become a favorite of the composer.

J. S. Jig begins with a subtle percussion groove, followed by quick exchanges of the main themes between sections of instruments. A complete statement of the jig theme is followed by a short development, a fugue and a short transition into the chorale played by the brass choir as woodwinds continue the jig idea. As the main theme returns, the orchestration becomes denser, harmonies become more dissonant and the dynamics build to a thunderous climax.

- Program Note from score

Clever and creative, this dance-like work combines the melodies of J. S. Bach with a lilting Irish jig for a most unique and entertaining work. Exchanges of the themes by various sections as well as a subtle percussion grooves bring out the best of all the themes while adding a fresh and appealing dimension overall.

- Program Note from publisher

J.S. Jig (2006) is a dance that fuses themes of Johann Sebastian Bach into a lilting Irish jig. The first sketch consists of the main theme, initially as a fugue, and includes a short quote of Bach’s much loved Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Karrick included one of his favorite Bach chorales, Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan.

J.S. Jig was written for Joe Allen and the Muhlenberg North High School Band in honor of Allen’s forty years of service as a band director.

- Program Note from University of North Texas University Band concert program, 22 February 2017


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: V
  • Texas: III. Complete


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  • University of Texas, Arlington, Symphonic Band (Christopher Evans, conductor) - 26 February 2023
  • University of Louisville (Ky.) Symphonic Band (Summer Sneed, conductor) - 20 November 2021
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Concert Band A (Travis Higa, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • California All-State Junior High School Concert Band (Jermie Arnold, conductor) - 23 February 2020 (2020 CASMEC Conference, Fresno)
  • Baylor University (Waco, Texas) Concert Band (Steve Dailey, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 3 December 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Concert Band (Gregory Drane, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • University of Colorado Boulder Concert Band (Hannah Rudy, conductor) – 11 December 2017
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • West Chester University (Penn.) Concert Band (Jack J. Hontz, conductor) – 26 April 2017
  • Kings Park Concert Band (Springfield, Va.) (Rich Bergman, conductor)– 1 April 2017
  • University of North Texas (Denton) University Band (Benjamin Blasko, conductor) – 22 February 2017
  • Ohio State University (Columbus) University Band (Matt King, conductor) – 18 February 2016
  • Sacramento Symphonic Winds (Timothy M. Smith, conductor) – 18 October 2015
  • Tigard (Ore.) High School Wind Ensemble (James Irving, conductor) - 18 April 2015
  • Henry Middle School (Cedar Park, Tex.) Honors Band (Robert Herrings, conductor) - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Karrick, B. (2008). J. S. Jig : Featuring J. S. Bach's Was Gott Tut, Das Ist Wohlgetan and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring [score]. Alfred Publishing Co.: Van Nuys, Calif.