Joy to the World - Christmas Carol / Hymn Piano Solo

Hymn Tune "Antioch"

Isaac Watts
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This arrangement is a transcription of my 2016 recording of the classic Isaac Watts Christmas carol "Joy to the World" (hymn tune "Antioch", which is attributed to Handel with arrangement/adaptation by Lowell Mason, but the authorship is somewhat disputed).

This jazz-flavored arrangement generally increases in difficulty with each verse. In my recording of the piece, I slightly decreased tempo with each verse, which both adds drama and makes things a bit easier to play! The 16th-note runs in the final verse will be a challenge for some students, but they sound more difficult than they really are. The runs are primarily either straight chord arpeggios or scales, so with some practice intermediate-level players should be able to execute these confidently at a reasonably-fast tempo.

The piece should work well as a performance piece, as an Advent season service prelude, or as a musical reflection at any point in a service.

My performance of this arrangement is available on youtube at, or visit my youtube channel,, for this and other songs.

Score ID
Isaac Watts
Year of composition
Isaac Watts
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Solo instrument (Piano)
Classical music

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