Back-to-School Choir Spotlight! New Choral Arrangements of Popular Songs.

Jonathan Miller, Musicnotes choral arranger extraordinaire and director of choral catalog, shares insight into recently added choral arrangements. I’ve been creating a number of new choral settings for songs that have been popular in their original piano-vocal versions. Here are a few that you and your choir might enjoy. “H.O.L.Y.” for STB Choir (Originally performed by Florida Georgia Line) This love song has great bluegrass/gospel harmonies. Mostly I set myself the task of transcribing faithfully the harmonies in the refrain of the original recording. This song would be great to perform either with a vocal trio or a larger ensemble. “Just Like Fire” for SSA Choir Also available for SATB,
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Contrafactum: What’s That?

A lesser-known musical term, contrafactum, refers to a song in which the melody is similar or even identical to another song yet contains different lyrics. One of the most popular examples of contrafacta are “What Child is This” and “Greensleeves.” While the lyrics convey very different meanings, the melody remains the same for both. There are several reasons for why a composer would choose to repeat one melody across two different pieces. Often times, the composer has chosen to reuse the melody from another piece because it brings together the beginning and end of a show. For example, “Come to Me,” also known as “Fantine’s Death,” is sung in the first
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By Song and By Book, Our 10 Favorite Lit-Inspired Musical Arrangements

The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote “music begins where the possibilities of language end.” As proud music nerds and book nerds,  we’re often reminded of how literature has served as an inspirational source for composers and songwriters throughout history. In celebration of National Library Week, we’re exploring the rich relationship between music and the written word with our top arrangements of downloadable sheet music inspired by literature and books. A prized book and a great song often incorporate many of the same storytelling elements: a compelling plot, an intentional cadence, and an emotional resolution. Paperback writers and piano men alike use universal human conditions to pull at our heartstrings and
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Spring Breakout Something New to Play: Hamilton Sheet Music, Lost Boy Piano/Vocal and More!

A new season means it’s time for new sheet music! Now that spring has officially sprung for us in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re on the hunt for fresh new music to grace our music stands.  Luckily this season is already rich with new digital sheet music releases, including the much-awaited official Hamilton sheet music, Ruth B’s YouTube original “Lost Boy,” and a trove of new pre-summer pop by Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Sabrina Carpenter and more. First on our must-play list is Broadway mega-hit Hamilton sheet music, which, in case you’ve been completely cut off for the past year, features hip-hop / R&B / pop earworms that are adored by history
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Our Top Sheet Music by New Artists of 2015

Every year, a group of breakthrough artists provides new sheet music hits that we and our fellow music lovers get particularly excited about, and 2015 was no exception. This year’s top new artists span the globe, and cover a wide array of genres including R&B, pop, country and even EDM sheet music. We’ve selected our top 10 new artists of 2015 based on their sheet music popularity. You’ve likely heard of many of the musical men and women, however some of the new artists on this year’s list may be new to you! Simply click on their name to browse officially licensed, instantly downloadable sheet music by each musician. Happy
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The Force is Strong with New Star Wars Music (Including The Force Awakens Sheet Music)

You don’t need to visit galaxies (or sheet music shops) far, far away for Star Wars music arrangements, because Musicnotes has the very best selection of instantly downloadable sheet music from the beloved Star Wars saga right at your powerful fingertips. Not only will you find officially licensed sheet music for John Williams‘ instantly recognizable film scores (every instrument and skill level included),  we’ve also got a few special Star Wars music arrangements that you can’t find anywhere else, plus NEW sheet music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, Musicnotes is honored to be your exclusive source for the astonishing NEW Star Wars music compositions by world-renowned piano virtuosos Player Piano feat. Sonya Belousova and Jarrod Radnich!  Check out both
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Holiday Gifts for Musicians. Our Easy Guide to Perfectly Thoughtful Presents!

When it comes to gift giving, it is truly the thought that counts. That’s why we’ve put together a list of perfectly thoughtful holiday gifts for musicians. Anyone who’s musically inclined will be delighted to receive one of the suggestions below. Whether your recipient is a band geek, choir nerd, orch dork, or just a general lover of music, find a carefully curated mix of musical gifts for musicians of all types. Gifts For the Studious Musician Expand musical minds with fun-to-use supplies and thought-provoking activities. Sheet Music Pencil Set A personalized pencil box with classical-adorned #2s is a gift that will not be written off. Moleskin Art Plus Music
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Meet the Musicians of “Wayfaring Stranger” + Download Your Free Sheet Music

How do you celebrate spreading the joy of music to more than 5 million people around the world? Well, if you’re the world’s leading digital sheet music company, you give away free sheet music, of course! Not only are we offering a variety of vocal, piano, instrumental and even choral “Wayfaring Stranger” sheet music for free through the end of November, we also filmed a beautiful video featuring the piece, which we think demonstrates the unifying power of music. If you haven’t yet seen it, take a moment to watch now. We shot the video at a local historical theatre here in Madison, Wis. and enlisted the help of four
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Choral Update: New Advent/Christmas Sacred Choral Selections from World Library Publications

By Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog Remember, you can preview full scores before purchasing any of the terrific sacred choral pieces highlighted in this article on the Musicnotes website. Or, choose from a huge selection of secular Christmas choral scores from Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and many more of today’s leading arrangers. Musicnotes is pleased to have recently added a set of Advent and Christmas titles – 15 in all – from World Library Publications (WLP). WLP focuses on meeting the needs of Catholic and other liturgical churches, where they have a strong presence and an excellent catalog. These works can enhance seasonal programming for a wide variety of
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Player Piano With a Brand NEW Arrangement & Video

MADISON, WI — October 6, 2015 — Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, is excited to announce the release of a brand-new digital sheet music and video package by Player Piano, the award-winning digital series that pairs virtuosic piano compositions with elaborately themed videos. Debuting today, Player Piano’s “Superman March” is one of composer Sonya Belousova’s most technically challenging arrangements to-date. The video, directed by the other half of Player Piano, renowned filmmaker Tom Grey, features Belousova cosplaying as journalist Lois Lane while performing the latest in Player Piano’s catalogue of pop culture musical reimaginations. The “Superman” music video follows in the footsteps of previous Player Piano cinematic tributes including the Doctor
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