New Arrangements of Beautiful Ballads

We’d like to draw your attention to all the great ballads that have recently been arranged and are available to download at musicnotes.com. A current top 10 hit in the UK singles chart is the paean to New York City, Empire State Of Mind (Part II) by Alicia Keys. This ode to the Big Apple was preceded by a version of the song entitled Empire State of Mind by Jay Z, released late last year. Alicia’s version compliments Jay Z’s hip hop ballad with its soulful, piano-led harmonies. You can purchase the sheet music for both versions arranged for piano, voice and guitar. Visit our selection of sheet music by Alicia Keys to find other ballads, too.

Cry Me a River is a much-covered jazz ballad originally written for Ella Fitzgerald in 1953 but first released in 1955 on a recording by Julie London (my personal favourite version of the song and probably my favourite ballad ever!). It has most recently been covered by Susan Boyle on her debut album and Michael Bublé for his “Crazy Love” album; this version has also been used by the BBC on their coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. We have the sheet music of several versions of the song available, arranged for piano, voice, guitar and instrument solos in the key of C.

Leona Lewis is back with her second album, “Echo” and we have the sheet music of the first single, Happy which has been arranged for piano, voice and guitar. Be sure to check out Leona’s other great ballads, including her number one smash hit Bleeding Love, her Snow Patrol cover version of Run, and the theme song to AVATAR, I See You.

Cry Me Out is Pixie Lott’s third single from her debut album “Turn It Up.” It has been described as a “wise and witty” pop ballad that brings to mind the 1960s Motown era whilst adding a contemporary twist. If you enjoy this retro-tinged tune why not check out similarly soulful songs from other artists such as Duffy’s Warwick Avenue and Amy Winehouse’s Love Is A Losing Game. We have the artist-approved sheet music to this title arranged for piano, voice and guitar so you can sing and play along with the Ivor Novello award-winning track!

What are some of your favourite ballads?

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  1. Stephanie

    Oh my god,

    “Happy” is one of the most chillingly beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life..

    ever.

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