From Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog
I’m particularly pleased to let you know about a new series of exclusive choral arrangements that we’ve created. These are choral versions of the hottest pop tunes, set by skilled and experienced choral arrangers. We are happy to provide these for you now, so you can get a jump on performing them. Use them in your spring concerts, your summer showcases, any time you want. These are not available anywhere else—only at Musicnotes.com.
In addition to giving you great music to perform, we’ve gone the extra mile to provide you with demo recordings for six of these arrangements. Paul Langford, the brilliant musician who did our best-selling choral arrangements of the Pentatonix hits, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Say Something,” has produced these demo recordings. They will give you a clear idea of how these choral arrangements sound.
|“Chandelier” for SSA + Piano
(also for SATB + Piano)
(originally performed by Sia)
This is a fabulous arrangement from our friends at Faber Music (the publisher.) The searing sadness of the original is somehow captured and magnified in the choral harmonies. I’d recommend percussion of some sort, whether vocal percussion or drum kit, to propel the energy along.
The SSA version is terrific. Any treble choir that can handle three-part harmony and has low altos would do well with this (the altos go down to F once and have several G-flats). My daughter sings in a women’s a cappella group, and I know they’d tear this up!
The SATB version would work for any mixed choir—high school, college, adult, community choir.
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|“Blank Space” for SSA + Piano
(originally performed by Taylor Swift)
This one is very close to the original. To capture the nasty sparseness of the original mood, there’s no harmony vocal until the second verse, when it blossoms slightly, only to open up to three-part singing at the end, at the lyric “boys only want love if it’s torture… don’t say I didn’t warn ya.”
Middle school, high school, college, community, treble choirs would all do well with this one – you just gotta bring your attitude!
|“Diamonds” for SSA + Piano
(originally performed by Rihanna)
The vocal lines are written well here. The piano part is on the spare side again, letting the voices shine and carry the mood.
SSA: This one is easier than Chandelier in both range and overall vocal demands, making it accessible for a middle-school treble group that can handle three parts; the voices are essentially equal in range, from A below middle C up to the B above middle C.
We also offer an SATB + Piano version of this piece (with no audio recording preview, however). This is almost an SAB chart, except that the tenors and basses do split in a few places. The tenor part never goes higher than an E, so it’s not too challenging.
|“Geronimo” for SATB + Piano
(originally performed by Sheppard)
This has a lot of the pulse and rhythmic energy of the original – there are cool chords for the choir on the word “waterfall” at the opening. The high vocals float like clouds on the slow words “can you feel my love,” which give it a nice, stretched-out feeling. For this one to have maximum effect, you may want to add drum kit, rhythm guitar, and bass to the choral score.
(We also have an SSA + Piano arrangement.)
|“Home” for SATB + Piano
(originally performed by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes)
If you know this song already, you know the sheer love and joy that it communicates. I tried to capture those in the choral arrangement, as well as the playfulness and fun of the original. The vocal parts are not difficult – 1 on a scale of 1 to 5.
I added a few extra-lush chords on the words “home” and “you,” and I put the trumpet parts from the bridge into the choir for some extra fun. And yes, I kept the whole dialogue in the middle where Alexander talks about falling in love with his beloved Jade! There’s good energy at the end, too.
|“FourFiveSeconds” for SATB + Piano
(originally performed by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney)
When I did this arrangement, I wanted to preserve the sparse, gospel-blues edginess of the original, while fleshing out the vocal harmonies just a little more. Rihanna and Kanye did a lot of three-part harmony, which I pushed to four parts in a few places, using gospel-style chord spacing.
The parts are not difficult. (In the one place where the basses go high, they can drop down the octave.) Any mixed choir that can handle 4 independent parts should be able to handle this song.
Of course, we’ve been adding much more great popular choral content. Beyond these titles, check out these other additional new choral arrangements, available first at Musicnotes.com.
- “Sugar” (Maroon 5) for 2-Part Men’s Choir + Piano or 2-Part Women’s Choir + Piano
- “Uptown Funk!” (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars) for 2-Part Mixed + Piano, SATB + Piano and SSATBB a Cappella
- “I’m Not the Only One” (Sam Smith) for SATB + Piano
- “Latch” (Disclosure feat. Sam Smith) for SATB + Piano
- “Lay Me Down” (Sam Smith) for SATB + Piano
- “The Hanging Tree” (from ‘The Hunger Games’) for SATB a Cappella or SSAA a Cappella
- “Demons” (Imagine Dragons) for TTBB + Piano
- “Glorious” (David Archuleta) for SATB + Piano or SSA + Piano
- “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon) for SATB + Piano or 2-Part Mixed + Piano
- “How Can It Be” (Lauren Daigle) for SATB + Piano
- “Life of the Party” (Shawn Mendes) for SATB + Piano
- “I See Fire” (from ‘The Hobbit’) for SATB + Piano
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