Having purchased the songbook primarily so I could learn to play "Wicked"s magnificent opening number on the piano, I was disappointed to discover that this song, and others, had been abridged.
To quote the Note from the Composer on page 9: "Several decisions always have to be made in translating the score from a show into a book of vocal selections. ... 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 on the cast album. This entailed ... eliminating interior chorus sections, intros, or other show-oriented material from several of the selections."
Once I accepted my purchase for what it is, I've been able to enjoy the shortened version of the music; it's been fairly easy to learn, and maintains much of the pleasing sound I've come to love from the show's recordings. Even so, I would have much preferred the songs without the cuts.
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (1 June 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 063407881X
- ISBN-13: 978-0634078811
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)