QUOTE(AnnC @ May 24 2011, 01:06 PM)
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QUOTE(morceau @ May 22 2011, 02:21 PM)
What I want is a version where the piano imitates the orchestral parts. Does anyone know of a good version like this? Perhaps I would be better buying one of the books which contain several songs from the show, and which list the difficulty as "intermediate". Is this a better plan?
I'm not sure that what you want exists. I have the book of vocal selections and even in that the piano plays with the singer most of the time. The nearest you'll get will be the version in one of the musical theatre anthologies as these are supposed to be taken direct from the vocal scores...that said, I'm still pretty sure the piano plays the tune most of the way through. These days, when you get a version for voice and piano, it tends to be an arrangement, rather than the piano part being a reduction of the orchestral score.
Agreed, but there are two vocal selection books available. The greyish one has a simplified arrangement that moves with the vocal line, but the accompaniments in the black one are more difficult and certainly don't.
Hi Ann - on Musicroom there are two books with the "Les Mis" image on the front - one version grey and one black - are those the ones you mean? There are also some versions which say Broadway on the front and are published by Wise - and they are greyish.
Mine is also a Wise publication - black - ISBN number 0-7119-2141-5. Hope this helps.
Interestingly I've just come from a festival where three children sang Castle on a Cloud - two from the grey book and the accompaniment followed the vocal line, and my student who sang with the accompaniment from the black book, which was, (IMO), much nicer.
Oh thank you Ann, the ISBN number did the trick - and that was the one I had pin-pointed. Ironically, although you can "look inside" on Amazon - you can't see any music, only contents pages and background story to the show
Brilliant - I think we will have a great time with this - and it's half price at the moment!!