Jesu, Joy Of Man's Discomfort

For brass quintet

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Discomfort" was written October 25th, 2007. The piece was inspired by Derek Bourgeois' "Serenade," which he wrote for his own wedding. States the score:

Derek Bourgeois wrote this Serenade for his own wedding, to be played by the organist as the guests left the ceremony. Not wishing to allow them the luxury of proceeding in an orderly 2/4, the composer wrote the work in 11/8, and in case anyone felt too comfortable, he changed it to 13/8 in the middle!

Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (from "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147") is tremendously common at weddings, and having the Bourgeois piece in the back of my mind, I decided to warp it into my own twisted wedding march in 5/8 time. It eventually was premiered at my wedding on July 18, 2009, much to the chagrin of the brass quintet that performed it.