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Thus Do You Fare, My Jesus (arr Reed)

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr Alfred Reed)

General Info

Year: 1736 / 1978
Duration: c. 6:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $45.00   |   Score Only - $3.50


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I, including:

  • Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Number three in the extremely popular Barnhouse Bach series. Thus Do You Fare, My Jesus by J.S. Bach is very lush and beautifully scored and this arrangement by Alfred Reed is simply beautiful.

Thus Do You Fare, My Jesus was arranged for Peter J. Demos and the Wind Philharmonia, Westfield State College, Massachusetts.

- Program Note from publisher

The source materials for Thus Do You Fare, My Jesus comes from a set of 69 "Sacred Songs and Airs" attributed to Bach and published in 1736. All that exists from that edition is a single melodic line and figured bass. Though Alfred Reed "freely transcribed" this work, by composing all of the filigree in the woodwinds, the majesty of Bach's timeless music soars through.

-' 'Program Note by Santa Clara University Wind Symphony


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Jackson (Miss.) State University Wind Ensemble (Lowell Hollinger, conductor) - 3 November 2021
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) Wind Symphony (Magnus Mulligan, conductor) - 10 October 2021
  • Perinton Concert Band (Freeport, N.Y.) (Charles Van Buren, conductor) – 4 May 2018 (ACB 2018 Annual Convention (Buffalo, N.Y.))
  • Santa Clara (Calif.) University Wind Symphony (Douglas Harris, conductor) - 21 May 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bach, J.; Reed A. (1977). Thus Do You Fare, My Jesus: Chorale Prelude for Concert Band [or] Wind Ensemble [score]. Birch Island Music Press: Oskaloosa, Iowa.