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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559362677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559362672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Lucas recently won the 2004 OBIE Award for Best Play for his work "Small Tragedy". He is the author of numerous plays including "Reckless" and "A Prelude to A Kiss", both of which were Broadway successes and made into films. Composer and lyricist, Adam Guettel is best know for Floyd Collins (published by TCG in The New American Musical), which has been widely produced and available on Nonesuch Records.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Pinkerton on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ignore the stars, which I had to put in. This is a public service announcement, not a real review.

There are two books of The Light in the Piazza by Lucas and Guettel. One is the book and lyrics, the other the piano songbook. Amazon has mistakenly put customer reviews of the piano songbook on the webpage of both books.

Therefore, WARNING! All the reviews for the TCG edition of the BOOK AND LYRICS to The Light in the Piazza are actually reviews of the songbook with THE MUSIC AND LYRICS ONLY. Don't order the book published by TCG if you want the piano songbook; don't order the edition published by Leonard if you want to read Craig Lucas's fine script.

Get it together, Amazon!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Veammn on December 28, 2005
Format: Sheet music
This is truly one of the most Brilliant scores to come out of Broadway in the past 10 years. The Vocal selection book includes all the necessary numbers, and we will most likely be hearing them at audition after audition.

In response to previous reviews: The book includes two versions of the song: "The Light in the Piazza." It includes a Vocal Selection version in the key of C, with the vocal line in the piano reduction, and a "Performance edition" in the back in the key of D with the original piano accompaniment from the score. The editors clearly knew that there would be a high demand for the title song in recitals and elsewhere, so they included two versions.

Vocal selections traditionally include a piano reduction of the score that includes the vocal melody, and chord symbols above the staff. What's curious about this book is that while it includes a traditional reduction, no chord symbols are included. Singers who are looking for the original piano accompaniment of songs should seek out what's called a Vocal or Piano/Conductor Score. The difference, however, is minimal. In the hands of a capable pianist, either Scores or Selections will work just fine. In addition, Vocal Selections are usually more helpful than Vocal Scores when seeking music for auditions as the simplified piano parts are easier for pianists to sight-read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Tran on November 26, 2005
Format: Sheet music
Adam Guettel's latest masterwork, The Light in the Piazza, has graced the Broadway stage since April 2005. Now, we can all enjoy the love songs that have made audiences swoon in our homes and our local stages. These vocal selections were wonderfully chosen from a gorgeous score. Ten of the best pieces from the Tony Winning Best Original Score made the cut including:

The Beauty Is

Fable

Love to Me

The Light in the Piazza

As a very balanced selection, this book includes challenging songs for both experienced men and women to perform. The songs remain in their original difficult keys, like the composer intended. Not only is the score vocally taxing, the music will not be easy for beginning pianists. However, many subtle nuances including the beautiful harp-like arpeggios are maintained for a very full sound on the piano.

Songs like Fable benefited from this fleshed-out adaptation because of its many intricate harmonic under workings. Like most Hal Leonard publications, the music is very clean and easy to read, but it also moves the vocal line into the accompaniment. This is both a pro and con. For singers who wanted only an accompaniment, this is not it. Yet, for pianists who yearned for a solo performance piece or singers who don't mind a light vocal line, this book is fantastic.

The book finishes with a Performance Edition of the title song. With these added flourishes, this song sounds as enchanting as it does at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. It would have been nice, though, if all the songs in this book received the same treatment as this song.

Even with that minor quibble, these Vocal Selections are an absolute joy to have and perform.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Sefik on January 27, 2006
Format: Sheet music
The simplified arrangements in this book gut the harmonic resonance of almost all the songs. Numbers like "Dividing Day" and "The Beauty Is" are very nearly unrecognizable.

Thank you for the performance edition of "Light in the Piazza," now please,

release the Vocal Score, Mr. Guettel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jjo on December 1, 2005
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As the other reviewers correctly point out, the vocal line is included in the arrangement, which is a problem for those looking to accompany a singer. However, for those who just want to play this stunning music on the piano, this is a terrific book that deserves 5 stars. Guettel's music is enormously complex, both rythmically and harmonically, and the transcriptions capture most of this. It's certainly not a breeze to play, but the effort is worth the reward.
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By J. H. Harrington on January 11, 2007
Format: Sheet music
This book is exquisitely faithful to the original score. If you have not yet heard the Light in the Piazza, go buy the soundtrack and get this book if you're a piano player. The music from this production truly captures the beauty and romance of Italy and the lyrics give heart to a simple story of love and loss. I'm 18 and I've played piano my whole life and I find a few of these pieces challenging, if you are a beginner you won't be able to play this. A novice will have to work at them, and a more advanced player will still have some rhythms to work out. Overall a perfect addition to a lover of music's library.
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