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The Impossible Dream

From the musical

Man of La Mancha



Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion

"The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. The song is the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and is also featured in the 1972 film of the same name starring Peter O'Toole.

The complete song is first sung by Don Quixote as he stands vigil over his armor, in response to Aldonza (Dulcinea)'s question about what he means by "following the quest". It is reprised partially three more times the last by prisoners in a dungeon as Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant mount the drawbridge-like prison staircase to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition.

It was awarded the Contemporary Classics Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

    Release Date: 1965

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Joan Frey Boytim : The First Book of Broadway Solos - Baritone / Bass : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999799217 : 0634022849 : 00740137

Joan Frey Boytim : The First Book of Broadway Solos - Baritone / Bass

This excellent series is perfect for the voice student of any age. Songs have been carefully selected to include the easiest beginning material, advancing to some vocal challenges for the progressing singer. Keys have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of most students. This collection of largely American songs may be used to teach the same basic classical tecniques of lyric singing as the traditional European art music repertoire, with rerrific opportunities for interpretive development.

Songlist: Comedy Tonight, Edelweiss, Get Me To The Church On Time , The Girl That I Marry , Gonna Be Another Hot Day , How To Handle A Woman , I Talk To Trees , I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face , If I Ever Would Leave You, The Impossible Dream, Oklahoma - , Some Enchanted Evening , Soon It's Gonna Rain, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame, They Call The Wind Maria, This Nearly Was Mine, Try To Remember, Wunderbar

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Voicing: Solo | 9183b | Songbook & CD | $24.95 | Accompanied


Various Composers : Musical Theatre Classics - Baritone / Bass : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999912784 : 0793562384 : 00740041

Various Composers : Musical Theatre Classics - Baritone / Bass

A fantastic series featuring the best songs from Broadway classics. Collections are organized by voice type and each book includes recorded piano accompaniment on CD.

Songlist: Oh What A Beautiful Mornin', The Impossible Dream, Some Enchanted Evening, Sorry-Grateful, Try To Remember, My Defenses Are Down, This Nearly Was Mine, C'est Moi, If Ever I Would Leave You, If I Loved You, Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful

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Voicing: Solo | 5058b | Songbook & CD | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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The Impossible Dream : SATB : Mark Hayes : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Songbook & CD : 00-43535 : 038081490755

Mark Hayes : The Impossible Dream

Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-43535 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : SAB : Mark Hayes : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 00-43536 : 038081490762

Mark Hayes : The Impossible Dream

Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-43536 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : SSAA : Mark Hayes : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 00-43537 : 038081490779

Mark Hayes : The Impossible Dream

Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-43537 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : TTBB : Mark Hayes : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 00-43538 : 038081490786

Mark Hayes : The Impossible Dream

Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

Arranger: Mark Hayes | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-43538 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : SATB : Mac Huff : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 02500697 : 073999067248

Mac Huff : The Impossible Dream

Inspire your students to reach for new heights with this great gospel-flavored arrangement. This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far;...Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (parts for Trumpet I & II, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Synthesizer I & II, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 4:25

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02500697 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : SSA : Mac Huff : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 02500699 : 073999334616

Mac Huff : The Impossible Dream

Inspire your students to reach for new heights with this great gospel-flavored arrangement. This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far;...Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (parts for Trumpet I & II, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Synthesizer I & II, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 4:25

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02500699 | Showtrax CD Available


The Impossible Dream : SATB : John Leavitt : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 02501044 : 073999931921

John Leavitt : The Impossible Dream

From Man of La Mancha, this impressive concert arrangement is now available separately: men's chorus. Available: SATB, SAB, TTB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02501044


The Impossible Dream : SAB : John Leavitt : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 02501046 : 073999975703

John Leavitt : The Impossible Dream

From Man of La Mancha, this impressive concert arrangement is now available separately: men's chorus. Available: SATB, SAB, TTB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 02501046


The Impossible Dream : TTB : John Leavitt : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 08740790 : 073999407907

John Leavitt : The Impossible Dream

From Man of La Mancha, this impressive concert arrangement is now available separately: men's chorus. Available: SATB, SAB, TTB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Lyricist: Joe Darion | Musical: Man of La Mancha

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08740790

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