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My Jesus, Oh What Anguish (arr Reed)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Alfred Reed)

Subtitle: Chorale Prelude for Concert Band/Wind Ensemble

This work is also known by its German title, "Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh", Bwv 487.

General Info

Year: 1975
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C L Barnhouse Company
Cost: Score & Parts - $35.00   |   Score Only - $5.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bass Saxophone (Opt.)
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Cornet (in Bb) I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass


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Program Notes

Alfred Reed’s excellent transcription of My Jesus, Oh What Anguish (Mein Jesus, Was Für Seelenweh) is taken from a group of 69 ``Sacred Airs and Songs,’’ each of which exists only in the form of a single line with figured bass. It is considered to be one of the most haunting and poignant expressions of sorrow and compassion to be found in all of Western music.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography

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Audio Links

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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Santa Clara (Calif.) University Wind Ensemble (Anthony Rivera, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Brendan Caldwell, conductor) – 11 October 2019
  • Southern Oregon University (Ashland) Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Hutton, conductor) – 6 June 2019
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor) – 27 January 2019
  • Kent State (Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Jesse Leyva, conductor) – 7 December 2018
  • California State University, Long Beach, Symphonic Band (Jermie Arnold, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Wind Ensemble (Scott Teeple, conductor) – 5 October 2018
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) – 25 September 2018
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 8 March 2017
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Gary Hill, conductor) – 18 February 2017
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 5 February 2017
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) – 17 September 2016
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Band (Dennis Glocke, conductor) – 29 February 2015
  • Southern California All-Southern Wind Ensemble (Allan McMurray, conductor) – 26 January 2016
  • University of Michigan Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 2 October 2015
  • Michigan State University Symphony Band (John T. Madden, conductor) – 29 September 2015
  • Sunnyside High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Symphony (Michael J. Angel, conductor) - 21 March 2014 (2014 Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bach, J.; Reed, A. (1975). My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish = Mein Jesu! was für Seelenweh : Chorale Prelude for Concert Band/Wind Ensemble [score]. C.L. Banhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.