Bach composed his Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life), in Weimar for the fourth Sunday of Advent in 1716. He later reworked and expanded the cantata for the feast of the Visitation in Leipzig.
The expanded version, in two parts, closes with the now famous chorale, Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesus shall remain my joy). Today, we know the chorale as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.
Enjoy this version for piano solo featuring Glenn Gould.