Coventry Carol-Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

From Wind Repertory Project
Calvin Custer

Medley scored by Calvin Custer

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The title of this medley is correctly punctuated with a slash: Coventry Carol/Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring.

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carols
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Possibly the most powerful holiday concert work ever to come into print, this blending of the Coventry Carol, Lully, Lullay and the final chorus of Bach's Cantata No. 147 is a brilliant scoring for the contemporary concert band or wind ensemble. Inventive introductions weave into the familiar melodies, each of which builds to a dramatic conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Callanwode Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 3 December 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Bach, J.; Custer, C. (1996). Coventry Carol/Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring [score]. Belwin Mills: Miami, Fla.