Adele’s second biggest hit to date, it reached number one in every country it charted in, including 10 weeks at Number 1 in the US. Originally for solo piano and voice, this is faithfully adapted for string quartet, with the second violin providing harmonic interest mirroring the melody line in the 1st violin. Perfect for weddings and functions, arranged here by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
First released in 1965, ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ was written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager. In 1966 it was covered three times (most notably by Petula Clark), and then three more times in 1967 (including by Gene Pitney). It was good fortune for Wine, who wrote
“We write it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano. It was a real quick and easy song to write.”
Its most notable cover version was by Phil Collins in 1988. He’d originally recorded a demo version as a suggestion for the film ‘Buster’. He recorded it again when he took a starring role in the film (set in the 1960s), and it became his only single to reach number 1 in the US and the UK, and won him a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 1989.
This version (including the famous key change) is based on the Collins version.
This sheet music is available exclusively at SheetMusicPlus.com, and is available for around £9.90 to download instantly as a score and parts in pdf format.
The Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit arranged for String Quintet. Arranged by a professional composer and chamber musician, this is a faithful reworking of the song, with enough rhythmic drive to keep the party going. Perfect for professional groups, or school groups from Grade 5 upwards, this is great to any kind of function or concert.
One of the most popular artists of 2017, Ed Sheeran’s hit song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ co-written with Amy Wadge, arranged for string quartet. Great to concerts, schools, or weddings. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
Ed Sheeran’s massive hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ arranged for cello quartet. The first cello part is in tenor clef to help with reading, but goes no higher than the ‘b’ above the harmonic so is suitable for grade 6/7 players. This remains true to the simplicity of the original song with little added, but is perfect for concerts and school ensembles.
Keane’s third single, and the opening track of their 2004 debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’, it peaked at number 3 in the charts and was one of the band’s biggest selling singles. Composed by member Tim Rice-Oxley in 2001, he said it came from ‘hammering away on the piano… I was thinking of something like David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, which you drive along to a really rocking beat’.
The song was covered by Lilly Allen in 2013 for a Christmas ad campaign, which surpassed the success of the original, reaching Number 1 in the UK.
For this arrangement, the driving beat is present, but players can choose to drive the beat or play it in a more relaxed way to fit whichever version they want to emulate.
The sheet music is only available to download at SheetMusicPlus.com, and comes as a pdf of score and parts for $12.99.
Realeased in 2009 as their debut single in the UK and Europe, Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ won four Grammy awards in 2011 including ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Record of the Year’. Originally considered a country hit, after five weeks at number 1 it crossed over into the mainstream.
Since then, it’s been covered by Adele, the cast of ‘Glee’, and appeared on TV shows including ‘Hellcats’ and ‘The Glades’.
This available to download instantly as a score and parts only via SheetMusicPlus.com for $12.99.
From Stevie Wonder’s 1976 album ‘Songs in the key of life’, ‘Sir Duke’ topped the charts in the US in 1977. Written as a tribute to Duke Ellington, who’d died 2 years previously, the song contains references to many of the jazz greats.
Wonder said, ‘I knew the title from the beginning but wanted it to be about the musicians who did something for us. So soon they are forgotten. I wanted to show my appreciation’.
Arranged here in its original key, don’t let the key signature put you off – it’s all surprisingly under the fingers for players with a great unison ending.
Released in 1969, ‘I want you back’ is one of the Jackson Five’s biggest hits, and ranked 121 in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It has sold over 6 million copies, and in 1999 was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
It was originally considered for Gladys Knights & The Pips, and later Diana Ross, it became an anthem for the Jackson Five, played at all of their live shows, and considered by many to contain one of the best pop chord progressions of all time.
This version is perfect for weddings and parties, and is guaranteed to get the toes of the audience tapping – and the cellist.
The sheet music for I want you back is only available to download via SheetMusicPlus.com for $13.99. On the site you can preview the score and hear an audio sample.