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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


The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Voces8

VOCES8 performs the Simon and Garfunkel classic 'The Sound of Silence' arranged by Alexander L'Estrange.


The Sound Of Silence

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.

Voicing: 3-Part


The Sound Of Silence

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.

Voicing: 2-Part


The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Simon & Garfunkel

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Voicing: SATB


The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Simon & Garfunkel

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Voicing: SAB


The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Simon & Garfunkel

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Voicing: SSA



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Gwyn Arch : Classic Pop Ballads : SA(B) : Songbook : 9780571516391 : 12-0571516394

Gwyn Arch : Classic Pop Ballads

Classic Pop Ballads collects three of the world's all-time great pop songs in irresistible arrangements for young or newly-formed choirs. Pieces have been specially chosen to enable successful program planning and a manageable piano accompaniment is also provided. The optional third line is designed for boys with newly changed or unstable voices. These pieces are fun and straightforward, allowing young singers to experiment with different styles. These songs are sure to be a hit with any young choir. Titles: Streets of London * The Sound of Silence * The Windmills of Your Mind

Songlist: Streets of London, The Sound of Silence, The Windmills of Your Mind

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Voicing: SA(B) | 40830b | Songbook | $5.80


Nicholas Hare : Ladies Barbershop Book : SSAA : 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 : 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 : Simon and Garfunkel For Female Voices : SSA : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Simon and Garfunkel For Female Voices

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" - The incredibly talented Mark Hayes breathes new life into this inspirational favorite. Beginning with a cool, almost tribal, percussive groove, new harmonies sweep in and out of this outstanding arrangement that only he could have created. "Homeward Bound" - This iconic song by Paul Simon from the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was also a hit single that same year. With lyrics that express loneliness and longing for home and well-loved and familiar harmonies, choirs will enjoy recreating the sound of an earlier era. "At the Zoo" - In the Choral Explorations jazz series for developing choirs, this whimsical song from Simon & Garfunkel is a perfect introduction to style, technique and blend. "The Sound of Silence' - The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix a cappella arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Songlist: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, At the Zoo, The Sound of Silence

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Voicing: SSA | Performed by Simon and Garfunkel | 2032b | Sheet Music Collection | $8.50 | With Piano


Various Arrangers : Simon and Garfunkel for Male Voices : TTB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Simon and Garfunkel for Male Voices

"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. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Kirby Shaw's phenomenal arrangement of this Simon & Garfunkel hit ballad is contemporary choral writing at its finest! The light, harmonic a cappella opening is contrasted with this soaring fresh gospel-style setting that holds opportunities for improvisation from multiple soloists. This is an excellent choice for a pops concert or graduation. "Loves Me Like A Rock" - Paul Simon's fabulous '70s hit comes to choral life keeping true to its original sound. Optional tenor and soprano solos with backing chorus and gospel-style harmonies, all to a great shuffle-beat, will make this a performance gem for your men's choirs

Songlist: Loves Me Like A Rock, The Sound Of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Voicing: TTB | Performed by Simon and Garfunkel | 4421b | Sheet Music Collection | $6.45 ON SALE $ | With Piano


Various Arrangers : For Women Only : SSAA : Sheet Music Collection

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 Collection | $13.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Simon and Garfunkel A Cappella : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : Simon and Garfunkel A Cappella

Paul Simon is certainly one of the greatest songwriters of the modern popular song and here are some classics that are sure to please. "Baby Driver" - Sheer, unbridled fun! For college or adult jazz chorus, this arrangement as sung by the New York Voices is a bit tricky, but well worth the effort. It features incredible harmony and rhythm and some a cappella sections, but the purpose of this piece is not to get technical-just to have fun! Four-part scat singing frames the piece on either end, while your baritone soloist goes to town (with great choral support) on each verse. Baby Driver, extracted from the New York Voices Songs of Paul Simon CD, is a toe-tappin', hand-clappin' jazz party. Invite everyone you know! "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - The true beauty of the powerful lyrics in this Simon & Garfunkel hit from 1970 comes shining through in this accessible and well-crafted a cappella setting. From the simple and intimate opening to the full-voiced conclusion, your singers and audiences will enjoy an emotional concert experience! "The Sound of Silence" - The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute. "Old Friends" - The New York Voices hit a home run with their beautiful and poignant rendition of this song. Fred Sturm has taken that arrangement and made it appropriate for concert choir.

Songlist: Baby Driver, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sound of Silence, Old Friends

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Voicing: SATB | Performed by Simon and Garfunkel | 7362b | Sheet Music Collection | $8.95 | A Cappella


Various : Trolls : Solo : 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


Various : The Great American Songbook - Movie Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680754402 : 1540030490 : 00278787

Various : The Great American Songbook - Movie Songs

100 timeless hits from the silver screen are showcased in this massive collection of classics in arrangements for piano, voice and guitar. Songs include: Alfie - Because You Loved Me - City of Stars - Come What May - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Endless Love - Eye of the Tiger - Flashdance...What a Feeling - Happy - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow - Let It Go - Moon River - My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic') - New York, New York - Over the Rainbow - Puttin' on the Ritz - The Rose - Singin' in the Rain - (I've Had) the Time of My Life - Up Where We Belong - The Way We Were - The Wind Beneath My Wings - You've Got a Friend in Me - and more. 464 pages!

Songlist: Happy, At Last, The Rose, You Light Up My Life, True Love, Alfie, You've Got A Friend In Me, All The Way, Somewhere, Kiss From A Rose, My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From 'Titanic'), Because You Loved Me, When She Loved Me, The Look Of Love, I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow, Let It Go, Come What May, Secret Love, New York, New York, As Time Goes By, Somewhere Out There, High Hopes, This Is Me, The Power Of Love, Ben, Blaze Of Glory, I Believe I Can Fly, Can't Help Falling In Love, The Candy Man, Charade, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40601b | Songbook | $27.50 | PVG


Various : 151 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever : Solo : Songbook : 888680925482 : 1540048292 : 00291051

Various : 151 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever

This huge songbook (672 pages!) features 151 standards that every musician should know! Each song is arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Songs include: All the Things You Are - At Last - Bridge over Troubled Water - City of Stars - Constant Craving - Crazy - Gabriel's Oboe - Hallelujah - Imagine - La Vie En Rose (Take Me to Your Heart Again) - My Heart Will Go on (Love Theme from 'Titanic') - Over the Rainbow - Perfect - River Flows in You - Shallow - Somewhere - Summertime - This Is Me - Time After Time - Wonderful Tonight - You Raise Me Up - and more. Listen to a Spotify playlist of all the songs from this book!

Songlist: Easy Living, Open Arms, Crazy, Good Night, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Believe, Beautiful In My Eyes, You Belong To Me, Beauty And The Beast, The Colour Of My Love, At Last, Gabriel's Oboe, The Rose, Time After Time, Sway, Faithfully, If, Perfect, Hello, All I Ask Of You, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Change The World, Someone Like You, All Of Me, The Tracks Of My Tears, Ooo Baby Baby, Best Of My Love, All The Things You Are, All The Way, Somewhere, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 70728b | Songbook | $32.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Sound Of Silence : 3-Part : 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 | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00124651 | Voicetrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : 2-Part : Roger Emerson : Paul Simon : Simon and Garfunkel : 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: Simon and Garfunkel

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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 : Mac Huff : Paul Simon : Simon and Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 00329919 : 840126907629

Mac Huff : The Sound of Silence

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon and Garfunkel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00329919 | Showtrax CD Available


The Sound of Silence : SAB : Mac Huff : Paul Simon : Simon and Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 00329920 : 840126907636

Mac Huff : The Sound of Silence

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon and Garfunkel

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00329920 | Showtrax CD Available


The Sound of Silence : SSA : Mac Huff : Paul Simon : Simon and Garfunkel : Sheet Music : 00329921 : 840126907643

Mac Huff : The Sound of Silence

The excitement for a brand new Pentatonix arrangement of a beloved pop or rock tune has become something of an achievement in an of itself. This time, Simon & Garfunkel's chart topper from '65 gets a fully vocal musical tribute.

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Paul Simon Performed By: Simon and Garfunkel

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00329921 | Showtrax CD Available


The Sound Of Silence : SATB : Mark Hayes : Paul Simon : Simon and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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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