Overture - The Phantom Of The Opera
Uploaded on May 17, 2019
The fully orchestrated sheet music of "Overture" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom Of The Opera". See below for additional notes regarding this particular score/song.
1) The instruments at the top of this score (The organs, electric guitar, bass guitar and drumset) are not played live. It plays on a click track; a backing track which plays normally in the auditorium, but has a metronome that only the musicians/crew can here so the conductor can keep musicians in time with the recording. Upon the lines of the Auctioneer, the Porters pull the drop cloths off of the chandelier, which has been resting on stage during the scene. Whilst the chandelier is being revealed to the audience for the first time in the show, the Auctioneer connects the cords powering it together, which triggers a large pyrotechnic, and the Overture begins to play. The organs, electric guitar, bass guitar and drumset, which play from the beginning of the song to the end, cue the rising of the chandelier, reveal of the proscenium (Which is also covered in drop cloths in the beginning of the show), chandelier and stage lights, and set changes, thus the necessity of having the song pre-recorded, so to keep the technical cues consistent show-after-show. As a result, these instruments do not have to be played in a proper performance, amateur or professional, but I transcribed them anyway.
I had to do it completely by ear, as there is no sheet music for these parts, and it was very tiring.
2) Throughout the score, there are parentheses around some notes. These are not ghost notes. They are either sound effects or noises, which are not it the professional score, but resemble notes an orchestra could theoretically play. In bars 51 - 52, there is a sound effect which can be heard that resembles a bassoon playing a number of 'D's', which pan from right to left (Best heard in the Original London Cast Recording version of the song). In the final ultimatum-esque 8 bars of the songs, there are a number of heavy drumbeats that can be heard, which can be played by either/both the percussion and drumset (Best heard in the 25th Anniversary Cast Recording; in the Original Cast Recording they can be heard, but nowhere near as prominent as they would be with either this version or seeing the show live). Once again, these are not required to be played in a live performance, but are there to add atmosphere.
3) The show also has a number of different orchestrations. There is a 27-piece orchestra score (The original score used in London), a 29-piece orchestra score (The original score used for Broadway), another 29-piece orchestra score (The score being used on Broadway currently, and the one currently licensed to both professional and amateur productions), a 14-piece orchestra score (Used for some tours), and a 45-piece orchestra score (Used for the 25th Anniversary production at the Royal Albert Hall). This particular score is transcribed directly from a copy of the 45-piece orchestra score, excluding the previously mentioned pre-recorded instruments (Which all scores I came across lacked to include).
4) This score is written differently to the professional score. The professional is written as half the speed of this version, but the notes are written in the same time period. For example, a semibreve in this piece is the same as a minim in the other. I chose to written this score in double time as it was easier to understand upon a glance, so as to not have the confusion as how fast demisemiquavers should be played.
5) On a quick note, I didn't realize the bass guitar part was in the score at all until I listened to the Overture again after I finished publishing it. I had to go back to transcribe it, which by that point I was banging my head against my desk.
I cannot guarantee that this the perfect score, but it is as accurate as I could make it. If you have any suggestions for improvements, by all means let me know.
The Phantom Of The Opera is copyright of Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Group. This score was made for entertainment purposes and all rights to The Phantom Of The Opera belong to Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Group.
|Key signature||5 flats|
|Part names||Organ(2), Guitar, Bass, Piano(3), Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet(2), Bassoon, French Horn(3), Trumpet(3), Trombone(3), Tuba, Percussion(2), Harp, Strings(4), Cello|
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