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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, 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 The 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


4-Star Collection : Never Stop Dreaming : 00  1 CD

4-Star Collection : Never Stop Dreaming

Officially, 4 Star Collection registered their quartethood with Sweet Adelines International in 1987. In 1988 and again in 1989 they won their regional competitions. Since then they were 10th in the Internationals in 1989, 5th in '90, 8th in '91, 2nd in '92, 5th in '93, 3rd in '94, 2nd in '95 and in l996 swept the field of 47 other quartets to become the 1997 Queens Of Harmony. Their winning performance that magic evening was "(When It's) Darkness On The Delta," "I'd Give The World To Hear Alexander's Band Again," "Here I Am, Broken Hearted" and, just for yucks, Weird Al's parody of "La Bamba" entitled "Lasagna." As their chords rang out into the hall holding 7,000 enthusiasts, the judges awarded the maximum number of discretionary bonus points possible. Now you can enjoy the same winning perfection that swept the judges and audience that evening.

Songlist: Darktown Strutter's Ball, I'm Dancing This Dance In the Wrong Romance, Tuxedo Junction, Here Am I, Broken-Hearted, (When It's) Darkness On the Delta, Lasagna, When I Look In Your Eyes, I'd Give the World To Hear Alexander's Band Again, Pal of My Cradle Days, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, The Impossible Dream

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5517c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Acoustix : All The Best : 00  1 CD

Acoustix : All The Best

Well here's a real treat! Without doubt Acoustix are one of the best barbershop quartets there ever has been and include some of the genre's most talented singers. This is a best of CD that also includes four all new studio recordings namely "Moon River", "You Are So Beautiful", "O Canada" and "The Impossible Dream." One expects to be blown away by these singers and sure enough these new songs deliver the goods. Added bonus is that Aucoustix's previous bass (who now sings with Max Q) Jeff Oxley joins Joel T Rutherford who together take you to bass heaven. If you only own one barbershop CD (and how sad would that be) this would be the one to have! Superb.

Songlist: Tonight, That's An Irish Lullaby, I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over, Irish Blessing, The Stars & Stripes Forever, Blackbird Medley, The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, This Is The Moment, Day By Day, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Unforgettable, Simon & Garfunkel Montage, Cool Yule, You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch, The First Noel, O Worship the King, You'll Never Walk Alone, Fear Not My Child, Moon River, You Are So Beautiful, O Canada, The Impossible Dream

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22265c | 1 CD | $14.95


CenturyMen : Anthems in Disguise : 00  1 CD : Buryl Red

CenturyMen : Anthems in Disguise

Many guest artists plus a full orchestra join The CenturyMen, formed of professional musicians who are directors of music at Baptist churches all over the country on this magnificent (all accompanied) album. The Broadway Inspirational Voices, conducted by Michael McElroy, tenor Darius de Haas, Renay Peters Joubert, soprano, the Nashville Children's Choir and Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago join TCM on these 16, well, anthems is a good word! Favorites are inspirational songs like "The Impossible Dream," "Climb Every Mountain," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Not While I'm Around," and spiritually uplifting tunes like "Total Praise" "As the Deer," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "For Every Mountain," "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross," "Free at Last," "Just a Little Talk," "My Tribute," and "Holy Ground." Then there's the quintessential upbeat, optimistic anthem from "Oklahoma," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." This is a feel good collection from one of the best men's choruses we've heard, and a stellar group of guest artists.

Songlist: Total Praise, The Impossible Dream, As the Deer, Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', Holy, Holy, Holy, Not While I'm Around, Climb Every Mountain, For Every Mountain, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, When You Wish Upon a Star, Free at Last, Just a Little Talk, My Tribute, Who Can I Turn To?, Morning Glow, Holy Ground

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9007c | 1 CD | $15.95


Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Greatest Hits - 22 Best-Loved Favorites : 00  1 CD : Richard P. Condie / Jerold D. Ottley : 7464482942-6 : MDK48294

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Greatest Hits - 22 Best-Loved Favorites

The legendary and beloved Mormon Tabernacle Choir's excellent "best-of" collection of previously released material includes show tunes ("The Sound of Music," "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Over the Rainbow," "Whistle While You Work," "Climb Every Mountain," "Oklahoma" and others), traditional and spirituals ("He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," "Simple Gifts," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Bless This House") and sacred music and hymns ("Art Thou With Me," "The Lord's Prayer," "Heavenly Father! (Ave Maria)"). Accompanying them are the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and the massive Mormon Tabernacle organ. Beautiful and powerful music from start to finish!

Songlist: The Sound of Music , Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', Born Free , He's Got The Whole World In His Hands , Goin' Home , All Through The Night , Londonderry Air , Seventy-Six Trombones , Art Thou With Me , Simple Gifts, Battle Hymn of the Republic , The Lord's Prayer , Bless This House , Heavenly Father , When You Wish Upon A Star , The Impossible Dream , Over The Rainbow , Whistle While You Work , Climb Ev'ry Mountain , Somewhere , Oklahoma , You'll Never Walk Alone

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7798c | 1 CD | $11.98 | Some a cappella


Mormon Tabernacle Choir : The Essential Mormon Tabernacle Choir : 00  2 CDs

Mormon Tabernacle Choir : The Essential Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Once called America's Choir by Ronald Reagan this choir must certainly be considered amongst the very best in the country and this compilation by Sony Records features 40 of their classic recordings. With performances featuring Eugene Ormandy, Jerold Ottley, Richard Condie, and others, songs include: "Loch Lomand," "Ave Maria," "Londonderry Air," "Born Free" and more on this fabulous 2 CD collection.

Songlist: Disc 1: The Sound Of Music, Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin', Born Free, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Going Home, All Through The Night, Londonderry Air, Seventy-Six Trombones, Art Thou With Me, Simple Gifts, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, The Lord's Prayer, Bless This House, Ave Maria, Medley From Pinocchio, The Impossible Dream, The Quest, Over The Rainbow, Medley from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Somewhere, Oklahoma!, You'll Never Walk Alone, Disc 2: Anvil Chorus, Heavenly Father!, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Holy Art Thou, Loch Lomond, None But The Lonely Heart, The Lost Chord, and more

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8981c | 2 CDs | $19.95 | Accompanied


Nashville Singers : The Journey Begins : 00  1 CD : Todd Wilson

Nashville Singers : The Journey Begins

Todd Wilson earned six International Chorus Championships with The Vocal Majority, and one International Quartet Gold Medal singing with Acoustix. Since then he has conducted six different choral ensembles across the country, leading the 90-voice Houston Tidelanders to two BHS top ten finishes. He is one of the founders of Nashville Singers, and is Director of Music (in addition to wearing several other hats) for the 14-man group. "The Journey Begins" is a six-song debut recording for the NS, featuring The Turtles' "Happy Together," the traditional folk tune "Shenandoah," the Dean Martin trademark hit "That's Amore" (sung by the Amore 4, a Barbershop Quartet within the Singers) Token's Doo-Wop standard "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Masterful Mr. Wilson knows what he's doing, and "The Journey Begins" sounds great. We'll be expecting big things from the talented Nashville Singers!

Songlist: Happy Together, Shenandoah, That's Amore, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Over The Rainbow, The Impossible Dream

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6060c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella


New Tradition Chorus : Broadway : 00  1 CD : Jay Giallombardo

New Tradition Chorus : Broadway

In 1981 a new barbershop chorus was formed in the Chicago area to foster the love of barbershop harmony and incidentally to focus on musical excellence as part of the expressed goal of becoming one the best male a cappella chorus in the world. With that goal in mind, New Tradition Chorus began competing in 1982 and became the Illinois District Champions in 1987. That success qualified them for the International Competition. From that year they have never failed to win a medal and have been Silver Medalists for the last five years. From the very beginning, the music director has been the prolific writer and arranger, Jay Giallombardo. Performances in the Chicago area include appearances at conventions, outdoor festivals, banquets and political events, including performing at the Democratic National Committee Media Party, on national TV for Chicago Bears football games, at Chicago White Sox baseball games and in Canada and Ireland (for the St. Patrick's day festivities in 1997.) The annual Spring Show production has 3 performances and presents the chorus and chapter quartets set in a particular theme (e.g. Broadway, Irish, Patriotic, Western). In addition to singing, the members write, produce, direct, and design lighting and scenery for these shows. As a result it was natural to produce a recording of Broadway show tunes. You'll hear music from State Fair, Les Miserables, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Paint Your Wagon, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Cats, and more, sung by this chorus who has not achieved their goal to be the best in the world just yet. To date they are 'only' one of the best!

Songlist: It's A Grand Night For Singing, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, If I Loved You, Phantom of the Opera / Music of the Night, They Call the Wind Maria, Climb Every Mountain, There's No Business Like Show Business / Anoth Op'nin', Another Show Medley, West Side Story Montage (Tonight, America, Maria, Somewhere), Oklahoma!, Memory, There Is Nothing Like A Dame, Tradition / Sunrise Sunset, The Impossible Dream

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5454c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Vocal Majority : A Million Dreams : 00  1 CD

Vocal Majority : A Million Dreamsnew

This CD includes Vocal Majority and Voctave as they perform Jamey Ray's arrangement of "A Million Dreams." If you've seen the VM and Voctave video, or if you have seen the movie, "The Greatest Showman," you know how this song is inspiring.

Songlist: A Million Dreams, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Carpenters Medley , Before the Parade Passes By, The Way We Were, New York, New York, Through the Years, Oh Shenandoah, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The Impossible Dream

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4032c | 1 CD | $14.95


Individual Folios

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The Impossible Dream : SATB : Mark Hayes : Mitch Leigh : Man of La Mancha :  1 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 : SSATB : Kirby Shaw : Mitch Leigh : Man Of La Mancha : Sheet Music : 00260324 : 888680726799

Kirby Shaw : The Impossible Dream

From the Broadway musical Man Of La Mancha, here is a fresh take on this iconic song. Set in an a cappella fashion for SSATB choir, this song, covered by countless singers and in many languages, is a great closer for any concert.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Mitch Leigh | Musical: Man Of La Mancha

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $2.15 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00260324


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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