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God Only Knows (The Beach Boys) - Brass Quintet

By The Beach Boys

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Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Euphonium, Brass Quintet, Cornet, Tenor Horn - Intermediate - Digital Download
By The Beach Boys. Arranged by Rob Bushnell. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by RBMusic (H0.163881-282380).

Item Number: H0.163881-282380

Released in May 1966 by the Beach Boys, "GodOnly Knows" describes a person contemplating life after death to theirlover. Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, the writers, explained that the vision forthe song was for it to be “like being blind but in being blind, you can seemore.” Although the pair agreed on this “vision”, the two of them agonisedabout including the word “God” in the title of the song – Wilson specificallynot wanting to be the first writers to do so.

The music itself has been described as“magical”, “like a rich, heavenly blanket” and “one of the most complex – andbeautiful – songs in the annals of American popular music”. It has also beensaid that it is “mostly like Stravinsky in orchestral music where the keychanges four or five times”. Paul McCartney has called it his favourite song ofall time and has been covered numerous times by singers such as Any Williams,Neil Diamond, David Bowie, Elvis Costello and (more recently) Taylor Swift. It featured in the 2003 film Love Actually and theBBC also used it to launch BBC Music on 7 October 2014, releasing it has asingle for Children in Need the next day.Great as background music (especially for weddings) or as a concert itemin its own right.

This arrangement includes alternative parts for tenor horn, treble-clefeuphonium and tuba. A recording of the original song can be found on YouTube here:

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