Alfred Music Publishing, a leading provider of high-quality music products since 1922, has released of the most complete collection of sheet music from The Wizard of Oz ever published with The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook. The film’s groundbreaking musical score is considered one of the masterpieces in film music history.
The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook features the classic songs by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen and never-before-published “character themes” by Academy-Award winning composer Herbert Stothart, the complete “Munchkinland Musical Sequence,” and the song “The Jitterbug,” which was deleted from the original film. Each song is presented in its original key, utilizing rare M-G-M studio manuscripts and the original motion picture soundtrack. As a bonus, this unique collector’s item includes two songs from the 1903 Broadway musical production of The Wizard of Oz, with lyrics by original Oz author L. Frank Baum. These songs have not been published in over a century. The songbook also contains dozens of original production stills and publicity photos, an essay on the story behind the songs and score, and biographies of the composers.
“Over the Rainbow” was named Song of the Century on a list compiled by both the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] and the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001. Three years later, it was selected as the number one movie song of all time for the American Film Institute’s “100 Years/100 Songs” chart.
In addition to the piano/vocal songbooks, Alfred Music Publishing has published instrumental solos of the entire catalog of music featured in The Wizard of Oz. Level 2-3 play-alongs for flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, horn in F, trombone, violin, viola, and cello are coming soon. Alfred’s current catalog includes performance pieces for orchestra, concert band, marching band, and choir.
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Since its inception in 1922, Alfred Music Publishing remains dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. With hundreds of expert authors and composers backed by a talented staff in seven offices worldwide, Alfred publishes educational, reference, pop, and performance pieces for teachers, students, hobbyists, and performers spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.
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