Pride And Prejudice Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Piano Solo

ByDario Marianelli

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a black eyed
I adore this movie and love listening to this relaxing and powerful soundtrack and getting swept away, as if I'm watching the movie again. I would truly recommend this soundtrack. A must have for the person who collects film scores.
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I was very disappointed to find that I received a music book for very early beginners. I only wanted the sheet music for one song and got a book of easy music from the whole movie. I wish the the store description could have been more explicit. I wanted a more challenging edition.
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This is very easy piano music and as I recall the reviews described it as medium difficulty. I wanted it quickly and thought it was closer to the actual score and it is not. I paid for expedited shipping which was a huge disappointment. Younger students will be able to master this book and for that reason it is a useful teaching tool. Older students will be able to improvise but whatever you do...don't expedite the shipping.
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danita forbes
The songs are the exact notes from the soundtrack of the movie. And it's very easy - it accomodates piano players from beginner to advanced. I feel like I relive the movie whenever I play it for myself. :D
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donna marie
The music is beautiful, except a few occasional dissonant notes (which might be because my piano hasn't been tuned in years). I have been playing for 7 1/2 years, and I would classify the music as intermediate but a little on the easier side. It's not quite as hard as I wanted, but it doesn't bore me, either. Really pretty music, but many repetitive themes.
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I would recommend this film to everyone. Remember it is the book that was strongly recommended in school as a must read for the culture you would gain from it. A must read....and a must see!!! Very emotional ending in a very good sense. ;-)
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This book is great and exactly what I wanted. I would say the difficulty is more difficult than easy piano because there are some tricky time signatures and some of the faster songs are pretty difficult. (I took lessons for 10 years and have only played leisurely for the past 12-13 years since I quit lessons. With focused practice I could learn all the songs but it definitely requires more work than other easy piano books I have.)
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sarah eisenstein
Horribly disappointed! One of the negative reviewers cautioned to beware there was an EZ note version out there and it could be confusing. Since this wasn't titled "EZ" or "Beginner" or "Starter" I thought it would be ok.

Reading the positive reviews convinced me this was the more advanced version. It is NOT!

Horribly disappointed... the store did well in getting it to me fast and in good condition, but that's the only pleasant part of the process.

Pride and Prejudice: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack was the worst online purchase I have ever made. Thankfully, the loss was minimal.
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Since this music appeals to a specific audience, I'm not going to give a song-by-song commentary (others have done it already anyway).

I can't explain it, but although these are sensible and often simple arrangements, they are not so simple that they are boring. This music, ideal as a soundtrack partly because it follows some of the "tripping" sound conventions of the era, has a way of being deceptively complicated. Perhaps it is tame, but it is not child's play. In particular, the time signature changes will keep you on your toes (and I therefore cannot recommend this book to new players, who will most likely be frustrated with these songs).

You need only look at "Dawn" to confirm what I just said. The notes on the page are not difficult, but there are some time signature and tempo changes that still give the song a few sticky spots if you're not paying enough attention. This is further compounded if you have heard the soundtrack version, which is played both delicately and rapidly. The biggest challenge in these songs is not the note combinations but instead a big need for CONSISTENCY - many of these tunes degenerate and look clumsy if you cannot maintain the rhythm and/or the tempo.

I'm undecided about this book. In a way, this is a very ideal "easy piano" folio because the arrangements are simple enough to build up to (should you wish to play these songs at the true movie tempo; many of the tempo suggestions are actually rather generic and can be open to interpretation). More proficient players would still find some use in this book because they are decent springboards for those who can think of elaborations or improvisations (which would be musically unnecessary in most cases, but who am I to deny additional creativity?). However, if you have no initiative or are at a very basic playing level, it's possible you will need to start with the "Big Note" version of the book and work up to this one.
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Wow! I admit that as soon as I saw the movie and heard the music,I couldn't wait to get the soundrack and was then all the more impatient to be able to play it on my piano. What a great score! The music is simply sublime. I think that is one of the first things that made me fall for this movie. It also fits very well the movie because it is supposed to reflect Lizzie's emotions and passionate side!

The pieces are not very difficult at all. I have played the piano for many years and I even had a very good teacher during my high-school years and I used to participate in some national, piano competitions every year so these pieces appear to be very easy to me; But still I think everyone with enough practice can manage. The rhythm in 'Dawn' changes very often, I like it when it gets faster near the end. There are slower pieces like 'The secret Life of Daydreams', 'Leaving Netherfields'...My favourite pieces are 'Darcy's letter'(, very heartbreaking music,sure, there isn't the sound of the cello but still I enjoy playing it), 'Dawn', Life of Secret Daydreams', 'Mrs Darcy', 'Stars and Buuterflies', 'Leaving Netherfield','Living Sculptures'. I haven't really started playing the others yet, though. But if you like playing the piano, this score is pure magic for you! It really gives you a lot of satisfaction when you can play it. For me this music is a masterpiece by Marianelli, half-way between 'Baroque' and romantic music.
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kimberly kuhn
I am a moderately decent pianist. I purchased this after having some friends tell me they enjoyed playing from this book. I also vaguely remember liking the score when I watched the film, but haven't seen it for years. After sight reading all the songs, I can say that they are easy enough to not discourage one from playing them, but that they would take a little more practice to make sound like the film. As long as you buy the correct book (as several other reviewers have stated, it comes in 3 different skill levels), you will get a book with some great songs to play.
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There is no longer the need for trying to transcribe the songs on the soundtrack anymore. Dario Marianelli finally released the sheet music for his beautiful and sensual soundtrack: Pride and Prejudice. It was known for its luscious swells of the strings, and soft tinkle of piano to set the scene of the movie. There are splashes of melancholy, childishness and cheerfulness, sensuality and boldness here and there. It took a while for my copy to arrive, but it was worth the wait! The pieces may look simple, and easy, but at a closer glance, it's all simply intricate.

Out of the 17 songs on the CD, the songbook possessed 12 of the compositions (A POSTCARD TO HENRY PURCELL, CAN'T SLOW DOWN, THE MILITIA MARCHES IN, YOUR HANDS ARE COLD, and CREDITS are not in there). Not bad. DAWN starts off slow with arpeggios and then fast with alternate hands playing; ARRIVAL AT NETHERFIELD: with both the left and right hands are constantly moving with even more arpeggios, and chords near the end of the song; STARS AND BUTTERFLIES is played slowly, and softly through out; MERYTON TOWNHALL is played light and cheery with the right hand setting the melody; GEORGIANA is played with the left hand as the repeated arpeggios accompaniment, and right hand the sweet and childish melody; LIZ ON TOP OF THE WORLD with both hands in unison, builds up to the large swell in the middle with its large scale, and slowly retreated back to its slow and soft pace; LEAVING NETHERFIELD, though short, is not as simple as it looks. With the left hand constantly moving to produce the accompaniment, the right hand slowly eased its way around to make the soft melody; ANOTHER DANCE is a cute little piece, and it feels like you are jumping along the keys as you are playing it; THE SECRET LIFE OF DAYDREAMS is chock full of arpeggios for both hands; DARCY'S LETTER does, of course, start off with chords, and a gradually increasing scale, until its sudden drop in pace, and mood; and, lastly, MRS. DARCY is like a recycled piece, since most of it appeared in an earlier piece, DAWN.

My favorite piece has to be LIZ ON TOP OF THE WORLD with its large buildup and the emotions and expressions swelling deeply within the song just left me completely breathless.

Overall, though some of the compositions are short, and it is missing its beautiful strings accompaniment, the book is very well worth it. At first look, it may not be a lot, and you may think it was arranged for a beginner or intermediate level player (that's what I thought at first), but at a deeper investigation, a lot of elements (especially the expressions, and tempo) have to be considered to make the pieces sound just like the soundtrack. This is a book you MUST have to go along with your soundtrack!
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leigh anne fraser
I just rediscoverd this DVD I bought last year and watched it again and found myself captivated by the music, particularly by the first piece "Dawn" (which later played so beautifully by Gorgiana in Pemberly). I ordered the music immediately.

The book arrived today (only two days after I ordered). I looked at it and thought there must be some mistake. How can there be so few notes! I thought to myself, oh no, this must be the simplified version, now I could never reproduce that hauntingly beautiful music that Georgiana played on my piano .. I was disappointed beyond words.

Nevertheless, hope against hope, I convinced myself to give it a try .. and surprise surprise, after a few minutes, I realized this is the real thing, and after a few hours, I found my playing that exact same (well almost exact same :-) beautiful music I heard on the DVD!

I am so happy! Thank you, thank you!

(I quit playing piano last year after many years playing classical piano. Now I am slowly starting to pick up again and this is the kind of music I want to play.)

(I am still confused whether there are two versions otf this music book. My book says "Piano Solo", not "Easy Piano Solo")
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chassy cleland
I went to the movie, and have been listening to the soundtrack over and over. And now the beautiful piano music is available! Marianelli did an excellent job of making some of the pieces sound like the classical music of the day. 'Darcy's Letter' is my favorite, with a brooding opening and then poignant, longing finish.

These pieces aren't quite the same without a cello and other string instruments, but the piano arrangements are very good. At first glance, the music seems very simple. But some of the pieces are quite fast. This book would be excellent for piano teachers who want to focus on voicing in different hands, and basic technique (arpeggiated patterns, etc.)
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Note: I purchased the piano solo book, not easy piano.
Since I saw the movie a couple of years ago, I instantly fell in love with the accompanying music. I already had the soundtrack, and since everything was piano-based, nothing was stopping me from buying this book. But my initial fear was that the music would be too advanced for me, because it just sounds so lovely on CD. Here's my piano history: I've had 13 years of lessons and I consider myself intermediate. I'm horrible at sight-reading, and after I stopped lessons, I had no motivation to continue learning new pieces. I didn't want to waste my money, so I thought if I purchased the easy piano, I'd know for sure I could play the songs. Well, I finally took the plunge and bought piano solo, and I am pleased to say that the book is not difficult at all. I've had the book for 3 days and I can play "Dawn" now, albeit slowly. There are some downsides- there is no fingering, which sometimes annoy me because there are many finger-stretching scales and arpeggios. Besides that, nothing much to complain about, because what you get is the exact music you hear from the movie. Definitely worth buying!
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Since my first hearing of it, I have become addicted to this music. A literal addiction; I can't fall asleep if I haven't listened to the soundtrack at least once during the day. Unfortunately, I have not watched the movie, so what caught me about this music wasn't the pivotal movie scene it reminded me of, it was that feeling of beauty transcending time, getting lost in the flurry of arpeggios, legato chords, and sharp piano melodies. Luckily, the feeling is not lost in the transition to piano sheet music.

Although the music does not sound the same without the Chamber Orchestra, it by no means sounds worse. Marianelli did a wonderful job in filling in the orchestrated parts with the piano. Unlike many other "music to sheet music" transitions, the songs to not lose their impact when these other instruments are lost. This happens with many Broadway songs; they start to sound thin. And instead of trying to impress us with elaborate translations, he maintains the simplicity which made the music so emotionally complex. The pieces may be about intermediate in technical difficulty, but it is not easy to convey the intricate mood and to play it with a feeling that would be comparable to the quality which Jean-Yves Thibaudet played the music.

My favorite pieces are The Living Statues of Pemberly and The Secret Life of Daydreams. The left hand in the Living Statues of Pemberly sets the dramatic tone with its rolling notes while the right hand plays a longing melody with held out single notes that seems to vibrate through your hand. The Secret Life of Daydreams has an airy feeling that is just so enjoyable to play. It has a flowing rhythm that is hard to capture but worth the practice to get. Liz on Top of the World is the most challenging to me simply because of the sheer speed you have to play all those half-notes at.

Verdict: This is well worth it and will make your piano playing experience an enjoyable one. All the songs have a faithful trabslation. All it needs is a good measure of determination and a love for the music. It is simply irresistable and will "bewitch you body and soul" (I heard that in a preview).
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basim alamuddin
I really like the music from the Pride and Prejudice movie and I love playing the piano so naturally when I saw this music book for sale, I bought it. Most of the songs are at an advanced intermediate level with a few exceptions. I was able to play through most of the songs when I first got it but had to work out some of the more difficult sections. The music is nice to play and has some good romantic melodies. The only downside is that most of the songs are only 2 pages long... which totals to about 1 minute apiece. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys playing nice pieces on the piano and really liked the music from the movie.
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alison connell
Dario Marianelli composed some truly beautiful songs to breathe emotion into the most recent Pride and Prejudice movie adaptation. The songs are much easier to play than I expected which makes this book great for intermediate and even a few beginner players. The book includes "Dawn", "Stars and Butterflies", "The Living Sculptures of Pemberley", "Georgiana", "The Secret Life of Daydreams" and much more! I believe every song on the CD soundtrack is available in this book, so you needn't worry that your favorite song isn't present. I highly recommend this book.
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There are four different versions of this book (four difficulties) and three of the four look almost identical except for the small words at the top that say "Big-Note," "Easy Piano Solo," and "Piano Solo." Also, the ISBN numbers are different. That is the best way to make sure you are getting the version you want. The ISBN for the Piano Solo book (Intermediate/regular book) is 9781423411130
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lindsay antikainen
For me, these songs are more difficult to play than expected. They seem so simple, but you really have to watch your timing. I will be purchasing a metronome soon! It is fun to try and play the songs from the film. This book has been an enjoyable way to practice the piano and feel like I'm in the movie at the same time.
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I found this sheet music perfect, both for playing for hours on the piano when having nothing to do, and to let people appreciate what a composer like marianelli can do with a few notes. Truly it contains some of the most wonderful modern, yet somehow going back to the past, pieces i have ever played. Georgiana is perfect and liz on top of the world produces such liberty... it is a treasure which one most definitely must have.
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hannah birch
This version of the sheet music is more advanced than an earlier version that I purchased. It is clearly more difficult to play, but not so difficult that with a little work it can't be accomplished. And the results are worth it .... more harmonically rich and interesting.
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richard court
I ordered this book and was wary. It said Easy Piano and I was afraid that it would be like a beginner level and be too easy. But I got it and it's perfect. It's not extremely diffcult but it still isn't a cinch. It has all of the famous songs from the movies and more. I love it so far.

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I bought this music collection because I like the music from the movie, but all the songs,of course, sound similar so if I had to do it again, I would probably look for a collection that included some P&P selections with other musical movie scores. Pretty pieces though.
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nick jones
The music is exactly like score from the movie. This is a great product! I've taken piano lessons for 10 years and I could sightread most of the music in this book, but there are also some challenging pieces like "Georgiana." I love the soundtrack to the movie so I have really enjoyed being able to play it in my own home!
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courtland hemphill
I like this book a lot. The songs sound like they do in the movie, like they should. However, some of the songs are very very easy, leaving one without a challenge. Overall, it's pretty funny, but I prefer harder stuff. :)
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Follows the script of the movie well. Leaves something to be desired when the score takes a some string parts and puts them to simple piano parts. The music is sure to entertain with its attention to many of the emotional aspects of the movie.
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becca garber
I LOVE this piano music! It is so simple and yet so beautiful!! It has all of the songs from the movie and they are so much fun to play. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves this movie!
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mid araman
I really disliked the film; with it really distorting the emotional life of the book, and the limp, slack-jawed, dimbulb leading lady... but I loved the music in spite of that. This gorgeous music deserved a more proper telling of the book, and this music improved the film 100%. Kudos to Dario Marinelli.

I bought this music to play on the harp. It translates beautifully, and this is timeless music that will be beautiful music for any reception or event. The level is intermediate, so it can be very inspiring to early students to play something lovely while improving skills.
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You can't judge a book by its cover, but this story is just as beautiful as the cover. Taking place in 19th century England, the novel follows the story of Elizabeth Bennet as she learns about family, politics, and most importantly - true love.

After seeing the feature film Pride and Prejudice (2005), I really wanted to read the book. However, I didn't anticipate the amount of time need to actually complete the novel. But it was so worth it. The portrayal of the Bennet family was so intimate and thorough that I felt like I was one of them myself. And learning all the hidden agendas of the characters was great for me, because I like knowing the exact motives behind a character's behavior. Mr. Darcy, for example, was such a complicated character. On the outside, he seems arrogant and harsh, yet those who really know him will passionately defend him as the kindest, most loyal person. His character is so misunderstood by some, yet he comes to the realization that he must find it in himself to change that image. He is a testament to Jane Austen's insightful, entertaining writing.

Why only four out of five stars? My complaint is based not on style or the story, but on the dense language Austen wrote it in. I found myself flipping to the explanatory notes in the back of the book for literary, social, and language references so often that I eventually needed two different bookmarks to keep track of my place in the story, and my place in the appendix.

Overall, this book is an essential to anyone's literary experience. Such a timeless love story should be experienced by all. And to any fans of the movie, the book is even better.
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