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Joy To The World Sheet Music And Lesson

Updated on November 8, 2015

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Joy to the World - Free Sheet Music, Lyrics and Chords

Joy to the World is a favorite Christmas hymn worldwide with its rousing words by Isaac Watts and one of my favorites. It may have been inspired by G F Handel's Messiah but the melody of Joy to the World was not actually composed by Handel. Its origins are surrounded in mystery and its earliest version appears in English hymnbooks of the 1830s.

On this page you will find free sheet music and resources to play this beautiful traditional Christmas carol.

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Joy to the World - Karaoke with Lyrics to Sing Along

Who composed Joy to the World

And why does it sound so joyful?

Joy to the World has a bright and cheery melody and certainly the downward movement of the notes of the tune calls to mind a joyful peel of bells! The musician William Holford revised a tune he called Comfort, published it, and attributed it to Handel as it was similar to the Messiah choruses Lift Up Your Heads and Glory to God.

Holford may have been the original composer of Joy To The World, or it may be an anonymous melody. An American composer called Lowell Mason (1792-1872) changed the tune-name to Antioch in 1839, and united it with Isaac Watt's hymn lyrics for the first time. The attribution to Handel was retained and Handel's Joy to the World was born! Many composers and arrangers have been moved to arrange Joy To The World or use it as a theme for more inventive compositions. It is just that sort of rousing tune! I have done a guitar ensemble arrangement of Joy to the World myself.

Joy to the World - Fingerstyle Guitar Solo in D - An easy arrangement of Joy to the World with notename noteheads

Joy to the World - Guitar Solo. You can download, print and play Joy to the World for free
Joy to the World - Guitar Solo. You can download, print and play Joy to the World for free | Source

Joy to the World Lyrics

The Famous Hymn by Isaac Watts

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven and nature sing,

And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Books and Music Inspired by Joy to the World - A Victorian Christmas Classic!

Joy to the World Christian Christmas Carol Music by Cowboyannie

This lovely Joy to the World music Christmas ornament comes in three different shapes.
This lovely Joy to the World music Christmas ornament comes in three different shapes. | Source

Free Scores for Joy To The World

Free sheet Music for Joy To The World

Originally given as links (which is not allowed on this platform) all of these score can be easily found by copying the title and score number (or the description below) and pasting into Google search. You can then see the music on Score Exchange (which is a safe site) and listen, download and print it out.

  • Joy to the World - for Low Brass Quartet (105460)

    Joy to the World - for Low Brass Quartet - Brass quartet by trad. arranged by Martin Staub

  • Postlude on Joy To the World (102200)

    Postlude on Joy To the World - Solo instruments (Organ [manuals]) by trad. arranged Martin Staub

  • Joy to the World (21906)

    Joy to the World - Quartet (Alto Saxophone) by trad. arranged by Jason Kendall

  • Joy to the world! (53281)

    Joy to the world! - Voice + keyboard by G.F. Handel arranged by Amanda Wilson

  • Joy to the World (church orchestra version) (30979)

    Joy to the World (church orchestra version) - Orchestra by G. F. Handel arranged by David G. Barton

  • Joy to the world (7394)

    Joy to the world - Orchestra by anon. arranged Peter Foster

  • Joy to the World (69894)

    Joy to the World - Duet (Euphonium in Bb [bass clef]) by G. F. Handel arranged by Martin Staub

  • Joy to the world by Handel for Choir SSAA (71351)

    Joy to the world by Handel for Choir SSAA - Choir by George Frideric Handel arranged by Erwin Hurni

  • Joy To The World (SATB) (43069)

    Joy To The World (SATB) - Choir by Lowell Mason arranged by Russell Woodford

  • Liturgical Guitarist: Joy to the World (29950)

    Liturgical Guitarist: Joy to the World - Solo instruments (Acoustic Guitar [notation]) by George F. Handel arranged by Jim Nailon

At the time of writing, these scores are all free, though the arrangers may possibly charge a fee at some time in the future.

Joy to the World - Flexible Guitar Band

This is my guitar ensemble arrangement of Joy to the World which also has parts for electric guitar, bass and drums.

Christmas Carols for Guitar Ensembles

Source

Traditional Christmas Carols for Guitar Ensemble [Paperback and Ebook]


Arrangements of well loved Carols for flexible sized guitar ensembles, these are full scores, not separate parts. Parts can be purchased from Score Exchange.

Contents:

Silent Night, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Joy to the World, The Seven Joys of Mary, We Three kings of Orient Are, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Noel Nouvelet, Coventry Carol

May you have a joyful Christmas - And a Happy New Year

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    • Loretta L profile image

      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Another of my favourites. This one, I feel, sums up the very real joy of Christmas. A lively, triumphant carol.

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Might that be the Scorch plug-in? Several things with Scorch, firstly it is completely safe so don't worry, secondly, things tend to sound pretty horrible in Scorch which is why I always try to produce a synth part and record as MP3, thirdly, Scorch won't work in Chrome. I have contacted Avid about this, but they still haven't updated it to make it compatible. On the positive side, nothing in Scorch ever does justice to the real thing so you didn't miss so much! Thanks for visiting! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Unfortunately, the SATB version needs some odd plug-in that I do not have.

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      Edutopia 

      6 years ago

      An oldie but a goldie and a song that every guitarist should keep in their back pocket for the holidays.

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      DebMartin 

      6 years ago

      Love lens. Joy to you!

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this wonderful page! Interesting to lear that Joy to the World was not really composed by Handel. Will get those great Christmas Carols scores and try to play them :)

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      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      Absolutely a joy to read. I love this song. Thank you for sharing the history.

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      bernie74 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks for sharing

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      KarenTBTEN 

      6 years ago

      I imagine people will appreciate the links to so many arrangements of the song. I lie the design of the lens. Squidangel blessings.

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