The Sounds of Silence by Paul Simon – Arranged for Violin in B minor

The sheet music offered here is for “The Sounds of Silence” by Paul Simon and performed by Simon and Garfunkel. It was originally in a very unpleasant key signature, namely D♯ minor. I changed it to B minor, which is much nicer at only 2 sharps. Even so, this is a medium difficulty arrangement for the violin because of all the double stops. This arrangement is basically the two voices scored out and has lyrics, so one might use this sheet music for singing the duet, too.

The was transcribed from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqXyTNKlwTI, which is apparently Simon and Garfunkel live. I have to admit first that I am treble biased and had difficulty picking up the deeper voice when scoring out the song. I think that I mostly scored it correctly. I did wonder as I scored it out whether I ought to have scored this in 2/4 time, but it also feels like 4/4 in places. The wiki article on the song here did mention that when they tried to add instruments, they found the original recording was not too even, so I decided that 4/4 is fine.

The lyrics are left to help one figure out the mood and to keep track more easily of where in the song one is. I wanted to write this to be more difficult, but I changed my mind because I think my students who will want to use this need to get used to accurate higher position double stops before mixing in much else. Just like all my other modern music sheet music arrangements, this is a request song from a student.

To download free sheet music for “The Sounds of Silence” by Paul Simon arranged for intermediate violin as a .pdf, please click here:

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