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The Nearness of You

From the musical

Romance in the Dark

"The Nearness of You" was featured in the Paramount film Romance in the Dark, which was released in 1938 starring John Barrymore and John Boles. In the film, it was performed by the lead actress Gladys Swarthout of Metropolitan Opera fame.

The first big-selling version was recorded on April 28, 1940 by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, with a vocal by Ray Eberle (Bluebird catalog number B-10745-A).[2][3] This recording first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on July 20, 1940 (though this is misleading, as this was Billboard's first chart) and lasted 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.

A well-known bootleg recording exists featuring the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards performing a solo version, accompanying himself on piano. Richards performed the song live during the Stones' 2002-2003 Licks Tour. A performance was captured and released on the 2004 live album Live Licks.

A live performance was given by Norah Jones at the Steve Jobs Memorial/Celebration of Life at the Apple, Inc. corporate headquarters on October 19, 2011.

    Release Date: 1938

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Robert Sterling : Hoagy Carmichael - A Choral Portrait : SAB : Sheet Music : 747510010265 : 35009409

Robert Sterling : Hoagy Carmichael - A Choral Portrait

Certainly one of America's greatest songwriters with many wonderful contributions to the American Songbook. Here is a fun medley of some of his greatest songs.

Songlist: Stardust, Heart and Soul, Georgia on My Mind, Lazy River, In The Cool Cool Cool of the Evening, The Nearness of You

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Voicing: SAB | 4360b | Sheet Music | $3.95 | With Piano


Robert Sterling : Hoagy Carmichael - A Choral Portrait : SATB : Sheet Music : 747510010265 : 35009408

Robert Sterling : Hoagy Carmichael - A Choral Portrait

Certainly one of America's greatest songwriters with many wonderful contributions to the American Songbook. Here is a fun medley of some of his greatest songs.

Songlist: Stardust, Heart and Soul, Georgia on My Mind, Lazy River, In The Cool Cool Cool of the Evening, The Nearness of You

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Voicing: SATB | 4361b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | With Piano


Various Arrangers : Vocal Jazz Classics for Female Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Vocal Jazz Classics for Female Voices

"Autumn Leaves" - A fresh take on a classic standard with intricate, yet accessible jazz harmonies and effortless voice leading. The vocals sing like falling and drifting leaves throughout the piece. A standout ballad for your jazz, show, or concert choir! "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" - What a fun and smart arrangement of this popular song originally penned by Hughie Cannon! A standard for jazz and Dixieland bands, the fun of this piece is now captured in a new SSAA voicing for women. This gem is great for concert and show choirs. "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" - Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys. "The Nearness of You" - One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement.

Songlist: Autumn Leaves, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring, The Nearness of You

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Voicing: SSAA | 2781b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | Available


Various Arrangers : Romantic Ballads for Mixed Jazz Voices Vol 2 : SATB : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : Romantic Ballads for Mixed Jazz Voices Vol 2

"It Only Takes a Moment" - The beautiful song from Hello Dolly in a lush a cappella ballad setting! With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs. "My Funny Valentine" - A lush a cappella setting of this timeless standard features soprano solo or soli. Quite accessible! "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" - Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys. "The Nearness of You" - One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement.

Songlist: It Only Takes a Moment, My Funny Valentine, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring, The Nearness of You

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Voicing: SATB | 2784b | Sheet Music | $7.75 | A Cappella


Norah Jones : Come Away with Me : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999064957 : 0634052640 : 00306495

Norah Jones : Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me stole the show at the Grammy Awards, winning an astonishing five major honors. We're proud to present the piano/vocal/guitar matching folio to the blockbuster debut from soulful singer Norah Jones: Best New Artist, jazz/pop crossover expert, Blue Note recording artist, and daughter of Ravi Shankar. Includes her smash hit single - and the Song of the Year - Don't Know Why and 13 others: Cold, Cold Heart - Come Away with Me - Feelin' the Same Way - I've Got to See You Again - Lonestar - The Long Day Is Over - The Nearness of You - Nightingale - One Flight Down - Painter Song - Seven Years - Shoot the Moon - Turn Me On. Also available in an Easy Piano edition (00306523, $12.95).

Songlist: Nightingale, Come Away With Me, Seven Years, Don't Know Why, Shoot The Moon, I've Got To See You Again, One Flight Down, The Long Day Is Over, Turn Me On, Feelin' The Same Way, Lonestar, Painter Song, Cold, Cold Heart, The Nearness Of You

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Norah Jones | 40110b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Pro Vocal : Jazz Ballads : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088113551 : 1423421515 : 00740353

Pro Vocal : Jazz Ballads

Whether you're a karaoke singer or preparing for an audition, the Pro Vocal series is for you. The book contains the lyrics, melody, and chord symbols for eight classic songs. The CD contains demos for listening and separate backing tracks so you can sing along. The CD is playable on any CD, but it is also enhanced for PC and Mac computer users so you can adjust the recording to any pitch without changing the tempo! Perfect for home rehearsal, parties, auditions, corporate events, and gigs without a backup band.

Songlist: Body And Soul, A Child Is Born, For All We Know, Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?), My Foolish Heart, The Nearness of You, Night Song, Unforgettable

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Voicing: Solo | 5581b | Songbook & CD | $14.95 | Melody/Lyrics/Chords


Sarah Vaughan : Original Keys For Singers : Solo : Songbook : 073999199420 : 0634067877 : 00306558

Sarah Vaughan : Original Keys For Singers

The All Music Guide calls Vaughan "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." This collection gathers 25 of her classics arranged in her original keys so today's singers can try and match her performances.

Songlist: After Hours, Black Coffee, Body And Soul, Cheek To Cheek, Cherokee (Indian Love Song), Darn That Dream, East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon), If You Could See Me Now, Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain), It Might As Well Be Spring, It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream, Lullabye Of Birdland, The Man I Love, Misty, My Funny Valentine, My Ship, The Nearness of You, A Night In Tunesia, An Occasional Man, Perdido, Send In The Clowns, September Song, Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, Tenderly

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Sarah Vaughan | 9205b | Songbook | $17.95 | Voice and Piano


Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads For Singers - Womens Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999761238 : 0634064568 : 00740258

Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads For Singers - Womens Edition

15 essential standards have been given new arrangements tailor-made for singers, with alternative jazz chord changes, complete verses, introductions and singer-flattering endings. This book is in a traditional jazz format designed for improvising accompaniments, with melody line, lyrics and chords in a handwritten music engraving style. Traditional chord changes are also included, along with the alternative chords in Steve Rawlins' creative arrangements. Keys in the Women's Edition are in a generally lower range, as is customary for this style of music. The Men's Edition keys are in a medium range. The CD features a professional jazz trio of piano, bass and drums.

Songlist: Autumn in New York , Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans , Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Could Write a Book , I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), It Might as Well Be Spring , Just One More Chance , Lush Life , Manhattan , My Romance , Nature Boy , The Nearness of You, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square , Solitude , Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

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Voicing: Solo | 9040b | Songbook | $16.95 | Accompanied


Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads for Singers - Mens Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999158243 : 0634064576 : 00740259

Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads for Singers - Mens Edition

15 essential standards have been given new arrangements tailor-made for singers, with alternative jazz chord changes, complete verses, introductions and singer-flattering endings. This book is in a traditional jazz format designed for improvising accompaniments, with melody line, lyrics and chords in a handwritten music engraving style. Traditional chord changes are also included, along with the alternative chords in Steve Rawlins' creative arrangements. Keys in the Men's Edition are in a generally higher range, as is customary for this style of music. The Men's Edition keys are in a medium range. The CD features a professional jazz trio of piano, bass and drums.

Songlist: Autumn in New York, Do You Know What It Means to miss New Orleans, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Could Write a Book, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), It Might As Well Be Spring, Just One More Chance, Lush Life, Manhattan, My Funny Valentine, My Romance, The Nearness of You, A Nightgale Sang in Berkeley Square, Solitude, Stardust

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Voicing: Solo | 9052b | Songbook | $16.95 | Accompanied


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Soprano : Solo : Songbook : 888680700386 : 1495098419 : 00238674

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Soprano

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This soprano edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) - In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, He Was Too Good To Me, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Make Someone Happy, The Man I Love, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40584b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Mezzo-Soprano : Solo : Songbook : 888680700393 : 1495098427 : 00238675

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Mezzo-Soprano

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This mezzo-soprano/alto edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, He Was Too Good To Me, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Make Someone Happy, The Man I Love, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40585b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Tenor : Solo : Songbook : 888680700409 : 1495098435 : 00238676

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Tenor

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This tenor edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, Call Me Irresponsible, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, Over The Rainbow, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40586b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Baritone : Solo : Songbook : 888680700416 : 1495098443 : 00238677

Various : The Singer's Anthology of American Standards - Baritone

A collection of great songs from the 1920s-1960s, transposed into appropriate keys, based on original sources. This baritone edition includes: All the Things You Are - Blue Skies - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)- In the Still of the Night - Love Is Here to Stay - Moon River - The Nearness of You - Over the Rainbow - Someone to Watch over Me - When I Fall in Love - and more.

Songlist: Time After Time, All The Things You Are, More Than You Know, Some Other Time, Bewitched, Blame It On My Youth, Blue Skies, But Not For Me, Call Me Irresponsible, In The Still Of The Night, Embraceable You, Stardust, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words), A Foggy Day (In London Town), When I Fall In Love, God Bless America ae, How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky), I Love A Piano, I'll Be Seeing You, I've Got A Crush On You, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Isn't It Romantic?, Love Is Here To Stay, Love Walked In, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, The Nearness Of You, Over The Rainbow, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40587b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : Crooners : Solo : Songbook : 884088274979 : 1423463668 : 00311819

Various Arrangers : Crooners

Your audience will swoon over these 84 standards crooned by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé and others. Includes: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive - Bewitched - Blue Velvet - Chances Are - Georgia on My Mind - I've Got the World on a String - Lazy River - Misty - Mona Lisa - The Nearness of You - Red Roses for a Blue Lady - There Is No Greater Love - When I Fall in Love - and dozens more. Includes a title index, artist index, and a great section of photos and bios of each featured artist.

Songlist: I Believe, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, I'm Walking Behind You (Look Over Your Shoulder), If, Wish You Were Here, Till The End Of Time, Rockin' Chair, Chances Are, Alright, Okay, You Win, Nature Boy, Night Song, Cry, Change Partners, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Baby (You've Got What It Takes), Candy, There Is No Greater Love, Bewitched, Beyond The Sea, Learnin' The Blues, Just Walking In The Rain, Blue Velvet, Body And Soul, Mr. Lonely, It's Just A Matter Of Time, Careless Hands, Mona Lisa, Cheek To Cheek, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), My Foolish Heart, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2491b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Singers Book Of Jazz Standards (Mens Edition) : Solo : Songbook : 073999442724 : 0634049674 : 00740209

Various Arrangers : Singers Book Of Jazz Standards (Mens Edition)

All fifty arrangements of jazz standards in this book are written in a single line "fake book" or "lead sheet" format. However, they are not just the standard renditions of the songs. All are custom arrangements, logical suggestions for repeated sections, and simple but stylish song endings. The chords below the lines are the traditional harmonies. The chords above the line are more advanced, alternate harmonies. A musician using these arrangements may use just one set of these chord changes, or a mixture of them within a song.

Songlist: All or Nothing at All, Alright, Okay, You Win, Autumn in New York, Body and Soul, But Beatufiul, Cheek to Cheek, Day by Day, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon, The Frim Fram Sauce, Gee Baby, Aint I Good to You, Have You met Miss Joses?, Hello, Young Lovers, Honeysuckle Rose, I Could White a Book, I Get Along Without You Very Well, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I've Got My Love to keep Me Warm, I've Got the World on a String, I've Got You Under My Skin, It Might As Well Be Spring, Just One More Chance, The Late Late Show, Lean Baby, Lost Mind, Lush life, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 9046b | Songbook | $17.95 | Accompanied


Various Arrangers : Singer's Book of Jazz Standards - Women's Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999602517 : 0634049666 : 00740208

Various Arrangers : Singer's Book of Jazz Standards - Women's Edition

50 Essential Jazz Standards from the repertoir of the greatest artists in New, Custom, Vocal Arrangements and singer-Friendly Keys with Traditional and Alternate Chord Changes.

Songlist: All Or Nothing, Alright Okay You Win, Autumn In New York, Black Coffee, Body And Soul, But Beautiful, Come Rain or Come Shine, Day By Day, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fever, Fine And Mellow, Fly Me To The Moon, The Frim Fram Sauce, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Good Morning Heartache, Hello Young Lovers, HoneySuckle Rose, I Could Write A Book, I Get Along With You Very Well, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, It Might As Well Be Spring, Just One More Chance, The Late Late Show, Lost Mind, Lush Life, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 9410b | Songbook | $17.95 | Accompanied


Various Composers : The Great American Songbook - The Composers : Solo : Songbook : 884088106522 : 1423419545 : 00311365

Various Composers : The Great American Songbook - The Composers

From Berlin to Gershwin to Carmichael to Cahn, this folio features a comprehensive collection of standards from the greatest American composers, along with photos and bios of these masters of song.

Songlist: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, Ain't Misbehavin', All The Things You Are, All The Way, April In Paris, Autumn In New York, The Best Is Yet To Come, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Beyond The Blue Horizon, Big Spender, Blue Skies, Body And Soul, Button Up Your Overcoat, Buttons And Bows, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Change Partners, Cheek To Cheek, Come Fly With Me, Come Rain or Come Shine, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Don't Blame Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Easy Living, Everything's Coming Up Roses, A Fine Romance, For You, For Me, For Evermore, Georgia On My Mind, Here's That Rainy Day, Honeysuckle Rose, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5324b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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The Nearness of You : SATB : Mac Huff : Hoagy Carmichael : Romance in the Dark : Songbook : 08602159 : 073999749229

Mac Huff : The Nearness of You

Smooth vocal lines soar over the contrasting Latin-style rhythms for a grand and expansive choral showcase of this well-known standard. A unique and colorful setting that will be the hit of your show. Available: SATB. Performance Time: Approx. 3:05

Arranger: Mac Huff | Composer: Hoagy Carmichael | Lyricist: Ned Washington | Musical: Romance in the Dark

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08602159


The Nearness of You : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Hoagy Carmichael : Romance in the Dark : Sheet Music : 08754378 : 884088637866

Kirby Shaw : The Nearness of You

One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement. Available separately SATB, SSAA and TTBB. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Hoagy Carmichael | Lyricist: Ned Washington | Musical: Romance in the Dark

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754378


The Nearness of You : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Hoagy Carmichael : Romance in the Dark : Sheet Music : 08754379 : 884088637873

Kirby Shaw : The Nearness of You

One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement. Available separately SATB, SSAA and TTBB. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Hoagy Carmichael | Lyricist: Ned Washington | Musical: Romance in the Dark

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754379


The Nearness of You : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Hoagy Carmichael : Romance in the Dark : Sheet Music : 08754380 : 884088637880

Kirby Shaw : The Nearness of You

One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement. Available separately SATB, SSAA and TTBB. Duration: ca. 2:40.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Hoagy Carmichael | Lyricist: Ned Washington | Musical: Romance in the Dark

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754380

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