Joy to the World
Arranged by David Marlatt
For Interchangeable Woodwind Ensemble
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Includes score and parts
Part 1: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 2: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
Part 3: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, or F Horn
Part 4: Clarinet or Tenor Saxophone
Part 5: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, or Baritone Saxophone
This is certainly one of the most beloved pieces of holiday music throughout the world. Although the music was thought to have been written by Handel, the text was by Isaac Watts and set to the melody by Lowell Mason making this more of an American carol than anything else.
This arrangement is fairly standard in its opening and proceeds though the verse and chorus with the instruments pairing up in duets. The highest voices play fanfare passages against the melody in the mid voices.
At bar 53 the melody suddenly goes into a pizzicato-like half time feel before a return to the opening material at bar 74.