Wicked Sheet Music
With details from composer Stephen Schwartz
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Choose by level of difficulty for the Three Types of Songbooks and individual song sheets for the hit Broadway musical Wicked.
This is a standard piano/vocal/guitar chords songbook. It includes the melody interpolated into the right hand. This means that a singer could hear the melody supported by the piano. The publisher generates this version based on material Stephen Schwartz submitted for the Vocal Selections book. ISBN number: 063407881x
Wicked - Piano/vocal Selections at Amazon.com [new browser window] for printed songbook.
Downloadable Wicked Music
(Note - with digital sheet music, you can transpose the key if you want to. See the music notes icon on the score sheet when you get to that page.)
The Contemporary Singing Actor - Duets Edition: 34 Songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway Revised Edition (Vocal Collection) Includes "For Good" and "As Long As You're Mine" from Wicked, "In His Eyes" from Jekyll & Hyde, "Written in the Stars" from Aida, and many others.
2. Wicked - Vocal Selections (Vocal Line with Piano Accompaniment Format)
"Wicked Vocal Selections with Piano Accompaniment" - Essential for Pros.
This is the professional version musicians would use for accompaniments. The piano part represents the real accompaniments the way Stephen Schwartz plays them. The vocal line is separate. In other words, the accompaniment does not double the melody. Mr. Schwartz and his team carefully developed this songbook.
Or another source:
In the introduction to Vocal Selections, Stephen Schwartz writes: "Several decisions always have to be made in translating the score from a show into a book of vocal selections. In the case of Wicked, I found it trickier than usual, because many of the songs are structured to carry the story in the show, but out-of-context would be clearer and more effective to perform in a somewhat altered format.
In the end, I chose to try to make the songs work for this medium, and thus to make changes in certain cases from the way they appear in the stage show and the cast album. ...
The piano accompaniment is essentially a reduction of what is played by the show orchestra, edited so that it is playable by one person with two hands and then fingers. It basically represents the way I play on the piano to accompany songs.... "
3. Easy Piano/vocal Wicked Sheet Music
This maintains the integrity of the music, while making the accompaniment easier to play for non-professional pianists.
Amazon: Wicked : A New Musical - Easy Piano Selections - Buy it for $9.72 plus shipping
Downloadable Easy Piano
4. Choral, Orchestra, and Band
Vocal Songbook with Pro Vocal CD
Hal Leonard, the official publisher of Wicked's sheet music as created and authorized by composer Stephen Schwartz, has released a pro vocal collection of lyrics, music, and accompaniment CD. So that's the first place to start for female voices - soprano and alto. Note: The music for the Wicked-Pro Vocal folio was newly arranged for this publication, to match the accompanying CD. It was approved by Stephen Schwartz.
Another Music/CD combo
Wicked - Piano Play-Along Includes both Sheet Music and CD: The Wizard and I | What Is This Feeling? | Dancing Through Life | Popular | I'm Not That Girl | Defying Gravity | I Couldn't Be Happier | For Good
ACCOMPANIMENT CDS: The CDs feature two tracks for each tune: a full performance for listening, and a separate backing track that lets players take the lead on keyboard. The high-quality, sound-alike accompaniments exactly match the printed music.
SHEET MUSIC (the piano/vocal/guitar version)
Your favorite sheet music will come to life with the innovative Piano Play-Along series! With these book/CD collections, piano and keyboard players will be able to practice and perform with professional-sounding accompaniments. Containing eight songs each, the books feature new engravings, with a separate vocal staff, plus guitar frames, so players and their friends can sing or strum along.To Buy it go to
Stephen Schwartz Bio includes "Wicked Witch of the East" music
For this first authorized career biography, Stephen Schwartz gave the author his handwritten sheet music for "The Wicked Witch of East" heart chant--a special song not included on the cast album. In Defying Gravity, you'll find this music and other never-before-published material, such as Schwartz's original outline for Wicked. For more information or to order the book online visit defyinggravitythebook.com
The Wicked songs included in both books are
Reviews from Users
Review: "I recieved the song book and played through it. If I had to say one word: Awesome! It's very well made, written, and arranged. You need to be a very good piano player to play through the majority of the accompaniment but it's worth it to learn! Stephen did a great job at turning company numbers into solos. I was disappointed that the middle section of "What is this Feeling" was left out but I can understand why. All in all, 10 out of 10!!" John W. Watson
If you love Wicked, you may enjoy The Schwartz Scene Newsletter free email quarterly - with background info on the musical.
Here's an answer to a question about keys used in the songbook (from Stephenschwartz.com): In all cases except one, the piano vocal selections are in the show keys. The only change I recall is "For Good", which I transposed down a step from Db to C. I did this because, since it is a song that's becoming so popular, I thought it would be easier for many people to play in C than Db and I thought the half-step would not make a huge difference. Most of the other songs are in relatively easy keys to play, and the ones which are not, such as "One Short Day", I left in the original key because of modulations within them that then would have wound up in difficult keys, or in the case of "Defying Gravity", because I think the accompaniment sounds considerably better on the piano in the original Db than in C or D (which would also get too high vocally
Jennifer D. of Long Beach:
Discovering the musical "Wicked" has been one of the best things that has happened in my life because the music is just so moving and because it has been the first thing that I have had a real passion for.... I enjoy the music in "Wicked" so much that I have just recently began taking piano lessons (at 21yrs. old - never too late to start) and am learning to play the "Wicked" easy version sheet music and have attempted playing parts from the regular vocal sections with piano accompaniment sheet music without much success but will keep at it. I simply can't say enough for my love of this wonderful musical, I listen to "Wicked" everyday (I wake up to it with my ipod alarm clock and it's the only cd allowed in my car) Finally I'd like to give a hugh thanks to Stephan Schwartz for creating such a beautiful masterpiece, it's simply genius; and to your awesome and thorough website for the many fans that want to know anything and everything!
PRAISE FOR WICKED SONGBOOK sent to Stephen Schwartz (used with permission)
Wicked music licensing questions - Check with Stephen Schwartz's assistant - Visit www.StephenSchwartz.com
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Wicked Original Broadway Cast Album Tracks - Read about the CD
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