From the recording Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

To me Joyful, Joyful is an international folk song.  Beethoven’s music and Van Dyke’s text have inspired arrangements that cross a chasm of genres - cherubic boys’ choirs that bring tears to my eyes to the gospel rock of the film Sister Act. This arrangement, a laid back rumba to swing, is “influenced” by Oscar Peterson’s version of My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Night Train).  Marcin’s inside the piano action makes the arrangement pop.