Sheet Music

Sheet music is a written recording of music, written using notations and other musical symbols so that people can play songs by reading it. To be simple, sheet music can be considered as a book, wherein players or musicians read and play songs following a sheet; just as a book can be read aloud.

Sheet music contains notations and musical symbols to show details about a composition including melody, speed and the manner in which the song is to be played. In order to read sheet music, basic knowledge about music as to how to recognize notations and symbols is very important so that the song can be performed in the right way by the musician. Thanks to this incredible invention, every song in the world can be re-played by others in exact manner; as composed by its composer. It also helps to preserve the old classical symphonies. Even after the original composers/players have passed away, their masterpieces can still be performed by us and many other descendants in the same manner as they should be.

In the past, sheet music was used only for symphonies of classical music (e.g. Beethoven’s or Bach’s compositions) so the conductor could read and take the responsibility to control the orchestra. These kinds of sheets can be called “full score”, which can be seen as a large book containing long compositions in details and the conductors use it for rehearsing and leading the entire performance. In addition, every member in the orchestra using either same or different musical instruments has a piece of sheet music while they’re playing. This kind of sheet is smaller and contains only some specific parts for certain players/instruments in the orchestra.

In present times, sheet music is no longer confined to classical music; its use has widely spread to almost every genre of music, especially instrumental music and pop music. In instrumental music, sheet music is of vital importance since the performer will use it to perform the song exactly like the way it was composed. This is also so because of the fact that instrumental music delivers feelings and emotions effectively to the audience and even the smallest change in speed or melody is depicted in the notations through sheet music.

Pop music lately has become more popular in the world and that has led to a measurable increase in sheet music. Furthermore, with the help of internet and modern digital technologies, a song now can be recorded in written form of sheet music easily and people can also find it easy to re-play the same in their own ways. For instance, in you tube we find so many cover songs, which are replayed by other performers in different tones or melodies or even on different musical instruments. With the help of sheet music, a person can re-create a song in a whole new way and deliver totally different moods to the audience.

This kind of music has become more popular recently, especially in youths, who are always eager to try out new things. It is undeniable that sheet music has played an important role in extending the corners of the musical world as only with notations and musical symbols it has become possible to make the music reachable to every part of the world society.

Thanks to sheet music, some forgotten melodies of old traditional songs can now be renewed and well preserved as national heritage. As we all know, traditional songs are usually sung and performed just by experience and learning orally from the elders and ancestors. This means that certain compositions face the risk of being forgotten and lost forever. But, not to worry as today, artists and musicians have tried and worked hard to write sheets of traditional songs so that future generations can get acquainted to and inherit the great musical compositions of their ancestors.