Walking in the Air by Nightwish free piano music sheets


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Artist’s Information:

Nightwish is a symphonic metal band, formed in the town of Kitee, Finland in 1996. The band currently consists of Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards), Marco Hietala (bass, vocals), Emppu Vuorinen (guitars), Jukka Nevalainen (drums and percussion) and Anette Olzon (vocals).

Anette Olzon was announced to be the replacement for former vocalist and frontwoman Tarja Turunen in 2007 after the latter was fired in 2005. She has appeared on Dark Passion Play,

Song Information:

“Walking in the Air” is a song written by Howard Blake for the 1982 animated film of Raymond Briggs’ 1978 children’s book The Snowman. In the film the song was performed by St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty. For the subsequent single release, which reached number five in the UK pop charts in 1985, the vocals were sung by Welsh chorister Aled Jones, who became a popular celebrity on the strength of his performance. Jones’ version was not an official The Snowman tie-in though it was authorised by Howard Blake. “Walking in the Air” has subsequently been covered by several different artists, in a variety of styles.

The song forms the centrepiece of The Snowman, which has become a seasonal perennial on British television. The story relates the fleeting adventures of a young boy, and a snowman who has come to life. In the second part of the story, the boy and the snowman fly to the North Pole. “Walking in the Air” is the theme for the journey. They attend a party of snowmen, at which the boy is the only human. They meet Father Christmas and his reindeer, and the boy is given a scarf with a snowman pattern.

Howard Blake developed the melody of “Walking in the Air” from a theme in his ‘Lullaby – A Christmas Narrative’, an a cappella choral work commissioned by The Scholars (Vocal Group) in 1975 and first performed by them at St John’s Smith Square, London on 21 December that year.


 

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