"Joy to the World" for Piano, Organ and Choir


About this sheet music

An ensemble for piano, organ and church choir arranged for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) from the United Methodist Church Hymnal #246. "Joy to the World" was adapted and arranged to the English hymn writer Isaac Watts' lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort ye from Handel's Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune. The name "Antioch" is generally used for the tune. This piece is best played using the "GeneralUser GS.sf2" Soundfont by S. Christian Collins Software (http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php).

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Mike Magatagan's picture

Please click on the "VideoScore" link to the right to hear an accurate sound representation of the piece. MuseScore currently does not replicate the Pipe Organ soundfont correctly on the online site.

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Uploaded Oct 4, 2011
Pages 13
Duration 3:44
Measures 57
Key signature 2 sharps
Parts 6
Part names
  • Voice (4)
  • Piano
  • Organ
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