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Viva la Vida

Music by Coldplay

Originally Performed by Coldplay

"Viva la Vida" is a song by the British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008), and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, "Violet Hill". Viva la Vida is Spanish for "Long Live Life".

The lyrics to the song contain historical and Christian references, and the track is built around a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background.

The song was released on 13 June 2008 as the album's second single, debuting to critical acclaim and commercial success. "Viva la Vida" reached the top spot of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first number-one single in both the US and UK. The song won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009. The song became the sixth song to reach the 4 million mark in paid downloads in the United States. It has sold over 7.1 million copies worldwide by 2014, and over 6 million in US alone by June 2013.

    Release Date: 2008, Grammy Winner, Song of the Year, 2009

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Jerry Estes : Pop Songs for Young Men's Chorus : TB : Songbook : 888680099268 : 00154255

Jerry Estes : Pop Songs for Young Men's Chorus

Young men will develop confidence and skill with this collection for men's chorus that spans the decades and is designed to give you lots of value with songs your choir will love to perform! Includes: I Lived (OneRepublic), I'm a Believer (The Monkees), My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder), Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash), Viva La Vida (Coldplay).

Songlist: Viva La Vida, I Lived, I'm A Believer, My Cherie Amour, Ring Of Fire

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Voicing: TB | 4281b | Songbook | $3.95 | With Piano


Various Arrangers : Modern Pop : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Modern Pop

Coldplay's biggest hit to date "Viva La Vida", this pop juggernaut manages to marry sweeping melodies with repetitive textures reminiscent of Steve Reich of Phillip Glass-esque minimalism. The rich overlapping vocal lines split into as many as nine different parts at times (in addition to the Tenor solo), but the repeating patterns keep it from being challenging. "Fix You" was also recorded by the English alternative band Coldplay, this song explores themes of grief and comfort as it gradually builds to an emotional high point. This a cappella setting intensifies the emotion through powerful vocal writing. A challenging work, but impressive! The 2008 mega-hit "Mercy" by Duffy revives the classic Motown sound, complete with sassy "hoo hoo's" and "uh-uh" and "yeah, yeah, yeah's." The solo is perfect for soprano or alto, and although the end result is full and powerful, this arrangement is surprisingly easy to learn and sing. "I'm Yours" was one of the biggest pop songs of 2008, this arrangement features a tenor solo supported by a six part vocal-instrumental texture, weaving together in a light reggae feel that supports the original's sweet harmonies. The haunting ballad "Apologize" was a #1 hit in 16 countries, including the U.S., making it one of the biggest songs of 20e8. The setting is in the contemporary collegiate a cappella style, featuring simple lines layered into a complex, rich interwoven texture, supporting a gorgeous tenor solo.

Songlist: Apologize, I'm Yours, Mercy, Viva La Vida, Fix You

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 7211b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Chris Mann : Original Keys for Singers : Solo : Songbook : 884088903664 : 1480340790 : 00118921

Chris Mann : Original Keys for Singers

Here are authentic vocal piano arrangements - all in their original keys - of 11 popular songs from Chris Mann, the classically trained singer who propelled to fame in the second season of The Voice. Titles: Always on My Mind - Ave Maria - Cuore - Falling - Longer - My Way - Need You Now - On a Night like This - Roads - Unless You Mean It - Viva La Vida.

Songlist: Ave Maria, My Way, Always On My Mind, On A Night Like This, Viva La Vida, Need You Now, Falling, Cuore, Unless You Mean It, Roads, Longer

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Chris Mann | 2727b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Coldplay : <span style="color:red;">Viva La Vida</span> : Solo : Songbook : 884088267919 : 1423460707 : 00307011

Coldplay : Viva La Vida

All 13 tunes from the 2008 CD. Features the title track hit single - Coldplay's first song to reach #1 in the US and the UK - and: Cemeteries of London - Chinese Sleep Chant - Death and All His Friends - The Escapist - 42 - Life in Technicolor - Lost! - Lovers in Japan - Reign of Love - Strawberry Swing - Violet Hill - Yes. Also includes photos of the band.

Songlist: Lost!, Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, The Escapist, Life In Technicolor, Cemeteries Of London, Chinese Sleep Chant, Death And All His Friends, 42, Lovers In Japan, Reign Of Love, Strawberry Swing, Yes

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Coldplay | 40216b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Coldplay : Sheet Music Collection : Solo : Songbook : 888680671273 : 1495090108 : 00222686

Coldplay : Sheet Music Collection

32 selections from contemporary superstars Coldplay are included in this songbook for piano, voice and guitar: Adventure of a Lifetime - Clocks - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall - Fix You - Green Eyes - A Head Full of Dreams - In My Place - Magic - Paradise - The Scientist - A Sky Full of Stars - Speed of Sound - Trouble - Viva La Vida - Yellow - and more.

Songlist: Paradise, Talk, Trouble, Magic, Yellow, Don't Panic, Shiver, Sparks, Lost!, In My Place, Midnight, The Scientist, Clocks, Green Eyes, The Hardest Part, Speed Of Sound, Fix You, Til Kingdom Come, Charlie Brown, Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, Life In Technicolor II, Prospekts March/Poppyfields, Atlas, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Princess Of China, A Sky Full Of Stars, Adventure Of A Lifetime, Everglow, A Head Full Of Dreams, and more

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Coldplay | 40583b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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Viva La Vida : SATB : Mark Brymer : Coldplay : Coldplay : Songbook : 08202306 : 884088282233

Mark Brymer : Viva La Vida

Soaring to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts and winning a Grammy, this #1 hit by Coldplay has taken the music world by storm and will add vitality and a contemporary spirit to your next concert! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Coldplay Performed By: Coldplay

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202306 | Showtrax CD Available


Viva La Vida : SAB : Mark Brymer : Coldplay : Coldplay : Sheet Music : 08202307 : 884088282240

Mark Brymer : Viva La Vida

Soaring to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts, this #1 hit by Coldplay has taken the music world by storm and will add vitality and a contemporary spirit to your next concert! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Coldplay Performed By: Coldplay

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202307 | Showtrax CD Available


Viva La Vida : SSA : Mark Brymer : Coldplay : Coldplay : Sheet Music : 08202308 : 884088282257

Mark Brymer : Viva La Vida

Soaring to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts, this #1 hit by Coldplay has taken the music world by storm and will add vitality and a contemporary spirit to your next concert! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: Mark Brymer | Composer: Coldplay Performed By: Coldplay

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202308 | Showtrax CD Available


Viva La Vida : SATB divisi : Deke Sharon : Coldplay : Coldplay : Sheet Music : 08749915 : 884088350970

Deke Sharon : Viva La Vida

Coldplay's biggest hit to date, this pop juggernaut manages to marry sweeping melodies with repetitive textures reminiscent of Steve Reich of Phillip Glass-esque minimalism. The rich overlapping vocal lines split into as many as nine different parts at times (in addition to the Tenor solo), but the repeating patterns keep it from being challenging.

Arranger: Deke Sharon | Composer: Coldplay Performed By: Coldplay

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749915

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