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Grammy Contenders and 2023 Award Winners: Best in Musical Scores

With awards season set to kick off in the new year, Musicroom contributors BP and GL round up their top scores in recent award-winning music and top Grammy contenders for the 2024 competition. Read along for their thoughts on Grammy Contenders and 2023 Award Winners, in short the best in pop music, movies and musical theatre and classical contemporary music categories.


Pop Music

Miley Cyrus: Endless Summer Vacation

Miley Cyrus Endless Summer Vacation

After the debut single “Flowers” had topped the Billboard Singles Chart and remained at the top spot for ten consecutive weeks, giving Miley Cyrus her first Number 1 in a decade, the anticipation for the full release of her new album was at an all-time high. Finally releasing on 10th March 2023, Endless Summer Vacation marked the 8th studio album from the artist. Unsurprisingly, “Flowers” is in the 2024 Grammy nomination list for the Song of the Year, being branded as a breakup song for the ages. This matching folio contains all twelve songs: “Flowers,” “Handstand,” “Island,” “Jaded,” “Muddy Feet,” “River,” “Rose Colored Lenses,” “Thousand Miles,” “Violet Chemistry,” “Wildcard,” “Wonder Woman,” and “You”. All arranged for piano and vocals with guitar chord frames.

Miley Cyrus – Flowers (Official Video)

Olivia Rodrigo: Guts

Olivia Rodrigo Guts

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut studio album Sour propelled her to success, earning her the 2022 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Like her debut single “Driver’s License,” hit single “Vampires” peaked at number 1 on the official singles charts and has been nominated for the 2024 Grammy award for the Song of the Year whilst the entire album was named an ‘instant classic’ by Rolling Stone. This matching folio contains all twelve songs: “Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl,” “Get Him Back!,” “The Grudge,” “Lacy, Logical,” “Love Is Embarrassing,” “Making the Bed,” “Pretty Isn’t Pretty,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Vampire,” all arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. If you’re a fan of Olivia Rodrigo, then look no further, this collection is for you!

Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire (Official Video)

Ed Sheeran: Subtract

Ed Sheeran Subtract

The fifth and final instalment of the decade-spanning mathematical series of albums from Ed Sheeran, Subtract arrived with a bang, topping the album charts on release. Nominated for the Best Pop Vocal Album at the 66th Grammy Awards, Subtract explores Sheeran’s thoughts on several difficult, and heartbreaking situations including the death of his friend Jamal Edwards, finding out his pregnant wife had a tumour, his plagiarism lawsuit, and a bout of depression he experienced.  Throughout the entire album the raw emotion and authenticity is convoyed with Rolling Stones commenting that his ‘lyricism returns to the spotlight’. Arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames, this exclusive folio presents all fourteen songs: “Boat,” “Borderline,” “Colourblind,” “Curtains,” “Dusty,” “End of Youth,” “Eyes Closed,” “The Hills of Aberfeldy,” “Life Goes On,” “No Strings,” “Salt Water,” “Spark,” “Sycamore,” and “Vega”.

Ed Sheeran’s – Subtract: The Visual Album

Taylor Swift: Midnights

Midnights

Released at midnight on the 21st of October 2022, Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album Midnights immediately started breaking records. The first day sales alone made it the biggest selling album of 2022 along with becoming the most-streamed album ever in one day. Midnights was awarded the Album of the Year at the MTV VMA’s, with Swift also picking up Artist of the Year at the award show. This matching folio contains all 13 songs from the album including the chart topping “Anti-Hero” along with “Bejewled”, “Karma”, “Labyrinth”, “Lavender Haze”, “Maroon”, “Mastermind”, “Midnight Rain”, “Question?”, “Snow on the Beach”, “Sweet Nothing”, “You’re on Your Own Kind”, and “Vigilante Sh**” all arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames.

Midnights – Official YouTube Playlist

Movies and Musical Theatre

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Set in Chicago when Prohibition has everyone thirsty for a little excitement, Some Like It Hot is the ‘glorious, big, high-kicking’ (Associated Press) story of two musicians forced to flee the Windy City after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters hot on their heels, they catch a cross-country train for the life-chasing, life-changing trip of a lifetime. This Tony and Drama Desk award-winning musical features infectious songs by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Hal Leonard’s official folio includes 15 songs from the show arranged with vocal line and piano accompaniment.

John Williams: The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg’s 2022 American coming-of-age drama film The Fabelmans is loosely based on Spielberg’s adolescence and first years as a filmmaker and tells the story of the fictional Sammy Fabelman, a young aspiring filmmaker who explores using the power of film to navigate his dysfunctional life. The Fabelmans marks the 29th collaboration between Spielberg and John Williams, and the 53rd Oscar nomination for the celebrated composer. Along with his signature orchestral sound, Williams also relied on solo piano tracks, with a nod to the music of Friedrich Kuhlau, Erik Satie, Muzio Clementi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Joseph Haydn. John Williams revealed that this may be one of the last compositions he may undertake before retirement, so the importance of this folio for piano solo is not understated.

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now

The Guardian’s review of Lewis Capaldi’s documentary How I’m Feeling Now acknowledges the Scottish songwriter’s struggles with the weight of expectations after the unprecedented success of his debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, noting that ‘a global pandemic is only in the top three weird things that have happened to [Capaldi] in the last three years.’

Lewis Capaldi Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent

The documentary, directed by Joe Pearlman, employs a televised-therapy approach and unveils Capaldi’s raw struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. While the review criticised Pearlman for not always being self-aware, particularly during scenes where he uses ‘jump-scare edits of screaming fans sound tracked with screeching ambient noise,’ it did agree that the documentary portrays Capaldi as self-aware and resilient, questioning the formulaic approach to songwriting and navigating the challenges of fame while showcasing his talent and emotional depth. The song “How I’m Feeling Now” is included in Lewis Capaldi’s official folio Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent.

Watch the trailer for How I’m Feeling Now

Contemporary Classical

Ólafur Arnalds: Some Kind of Peace

Some Kind of Peace

Nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Recording and Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, Ólafur Arnalds’ Some Kind of Peace has just received his first two Grammy nominations for the songs “Loom,” and “The Bottom Line”. Described by the New Yorker as a ‘welcome respite from the noise and the turbulence that have marked this period of so much uncertainty’ and by Metacritic.com as ‘truly delightful experience that delights in its unexpected and uncompromising approach to positivity’, Some Kind of Peace is presented here in an official folio for piano with lavish artwork and liner notes, and transcriptions by the composer.

The Official Music Video for “Loom”

Josephine Stephenson: Comme l’espoir / you might all disappear

Josephine Stephenson Comme l'espoir

Josephine Stephenson’s Comme l’espoir / you might all disappear (2021) recently won the 2023 Ivors Classical for Best Small Chamber Composition. In a short French poem by Antoine Thiollier, Stephenson employs an Oulipian technique, merging French words with similar-sounding English ones to abstract their meanings into musical sounds. The guitar’s hypnotic writing subtly weaves long, emotionally charged phrases that rise and fall naturally, creating an atmosphere that gently evaporates by the end. Commissioned by Héloïse Werner, this merging of languages reflects Stephenson and Werner’s friendship.

Héloïse Werner and Laura Snowden perform Comme l’espoir/you might all disappear by Josephine Stephenson

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