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The Sound Of Silence

Music by Paul Simon

Originally Performed by Paul Simon

"The Sound of Silence", originally "The Sounds of Silence", is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..

Released in October 1964, the album was a commercial failure and led to the duo breaking apart, with Paul Simon returning to England and Art Garfunkel to his studies at Columbia University. In spring 1965, the song began to attract airplay at radio stations in Boston, Massachusetts, and throughout Florida. The growing airplay led Tom Wilson, the song's producer, to remix the track, overdubbing electric instrumentation. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song's remix until after its release. The single was released in September 1965.

The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending January 1, 1966, leading the duo to reunite and hastily record their second album, which Columbia titled Sounds of Silence in an attempt to capitalize on the song's success. The song was a top-ten hit in multiple countries worldwide, among them Australia, Austria, West Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. Generally considered a classic folk rock song, the song was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" in 2013 along with the rest of the Sounds of Silence album.

    Release Date: 1964

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Nicholas Hare : Ladies Barbershop Book : SSAA : 01 Songbook : 884088611118 : 0853607877 : 14041462

Nicholas Hare : Ladies Barbershop Book

'Ladies Barbershop Book' offers unaccompanied arrangements of a variety of well-loved songs, from the 1920's to the 1970's. Performances should work equally well with choirs or just four voices. Arranged by Nicholas Hare for SSAA. Helpful performance notes are included for each of the songs, and the arrangements are notated on two staves for easy piano rehearsal.

Songlist: Big Spender, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Do You Want To Know A Secret?, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), He Was Beautiful (Cavatina), I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair, Sailing, Summertime, The Sound Of Silence, Tonight, We'll Meet Again

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Voicing: SSAA | 7241b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Robert Latham : Classic Pop Ballads : SSA. : 01 Songbook : 12-0571518230

Robert Latham : Classic Pop Ballads

Yesterday and other Classic Pop Ballads is an absolute winner! Robert Latham's deft, skillful arrangements of some of the best-loved pop ballads of all time form an immensely rewarding collection for choirs in search of fresh 'a cappella' material.

Songlist: Streets of London, The Windmills of Your Mind, The Sound Of Silence, Yesterday, Killing Me Softly with His Song

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Voicing: SSA. | 7320b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : For Women Only : SSAA : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : For Women Only

This close harmony version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic "The Sound Of Silence" works well for beginning groups looking for interesting material, or advanced groups interested in a beautiful mood piece allowing for emotional interpretation. Mixing close harmony with arpeggiated textures, this arrangement allows each voice a turn with the solo line, and plenty of opportunity for rubato and expressive dynamics. This upbeat finger snappin' pop version of the doo-wop classic " Rockin' Robin" will add some spark (and tweet) to your repertoire without being too difficult. The solo moves from part to part, allowing every singer a chance in the spotlight. "Goodbye Old Paint" is a delightful western classic using modern harmonies and approach and "I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do" is a ballad of the 40's in block harmonies. The tempo is medium. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is one of the many great Ellington songs, arranged here for treble voices. The singers can feel free to alter the scat if it works better that way. "Silent All These Years". Tori Amos broke onto the music scene with this introspective ballad, and this arrangement captures all of the original's delicate moodiness. The background voices weave smooth patterns and ring warm chords. This is an excellent showcase for an expressive soloist (can either be a soprano or alto 1). SSSAA a cappella (4 part with solo).

Songlist: Rockin' Robin, The Sound Of Silence, Goodbye Old Paint, I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do, Silent All These Years

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Voicing: SSAA | 4775b | Sheet Music | $13.95 | A Cappella


Paul Simon : Paul Simon in Concert - Live Rhymin' : Solo : 01 Songbook : 752187109167 : 082563301X : 14025204

Paul Simon : Paul Simon in Concert - Live Rhymin'

From folk-pop-rock legend Paul Simon comes this collection of a dozen fantastic compositions performed live for his 1974 concert album. Includes such classics as: Loves Me like a Rock - America - The Boxer - Bridge over Troubled Water - and more. Illustrated with photographs from the concert.

Songlist: AMERICA, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Jesus Is The Answer, HOMEWARD BOUND, AMERICAN TUNE, DUNCAN, EL CONDOR PASA, LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK, Me & Julio Down by the School Yard, MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION, THE BOXER, THE SOUND OF SILENCE

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Voicing: Solo | 20334b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Various : Trolls : Solo : 01 Songbook : 888680665463 : 1495088197 : 00216513

Various : Trolls

Matching folio to the infectious soundtrack of the 2016 DreamWorks film featuring songs by Justin Timberlake; Anna Kendrick; Zooey Deschanel; Gwen Stefani; Ariana Grande; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more! It includes the Grammy Award-winning song Can't Stop the Feeling.

Songlist: Move Your Feet, Hello, Mo' Money Mo' Problems, They Don't Know, It's A Sunshine Day, September, I'm Coming Out, Can't Stop The Feeling!, Hair Up, Get Back Up Again, D.A.N.C.E., What U Workin' With?, True Colors, The Sound Of Silence

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Voicing: Solo | 4459b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Sound Of Silence : 3-Part Mixed : Roger Emerson : Paul Simon : Paul Simon : Songbook : 00124651 : 884088983802

Roger Emerson : The Sound Of Silence

Now available in a Discovery Series edition for young choirs, this #1 hit from 1966 by Simon and Garfunkel offers lots of opportunities for developing choral skills while connecting the generations through music. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Paul Simon

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00124651 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Paul Simon : Paul Simon : Sheet Music : 00124652 : 884088983819

Roger Emerson : The Sound Of Silence

Now available in a Discovery Series edition for young choirs, this #1 hit from 1966 by Simon and Garfunkel offers lots of opportunities for developing choral skills while connecting the generations through music. Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Paul Simon

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00124652 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : SATB : Mark Hayes : Paul Simon : Simon & Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 35028189 : 884088623579

Mark Hayes : The Sound Of Silence

This hit propelled Simon and Garfunkel to popularity in the 1960s. Mark Hayes' new arrangement is fully orchestrated to create a fresh sound, but in keeping with the familiarity of the work that is so loved and respected. Glorious arranging that will appeal to mixed groups as well as men's ensembles. Available: SATB; SSAB; TTB; Orchestration; StudioTrax CD.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon & Garfunkel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35028189 | Showtrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : SSAB : Mark Hayes : Paul Simon : Simon & Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 35028190 : 884088623586

Mark Hayes : The Sound Of Silence

This hit propelled Simon and Garfunkel to popularity in the 1960s. Mark Hayes' new arrangement is fully orchestrated to create a fresh sound, but in keeping with the familiarity of the work that is so loved and respected. Glorious arranging that will appeal to mixed groups as well as men's ensembles. Available: SATB; SSAB; TTB; Orchestration; StudioTrax CD.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon & Garfunkel

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Voicing: SSAB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35028190 | Showtrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : TTB : Mark Hayes : Paul Simon : Simon & Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 35028191 : 884088623593

Mark Hayes : The Sound Of Silence

This hit propelled Simon and Garfunkel to popularity in the 1960s. Mark Hayes' new arrangement is fully orchestrated to create a fresh sound, but in keeping with the familiarity of the work that is so loved and respected. Glorious arranging that will appeal to mixed groups as well as men's ensembles. Available: SATB; SSAB; TTB; Orchestration; StudioTrax CD.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon & Garfunkel

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35028191 | Showtrax CD Available

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