About This Song
Over the Rainbow Guitar Sheet Music: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen (with lyrics by Yip Harburg). It was written for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song was entered in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.” The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ranked it number one on their Songs of the Century list. The American Film Institute named it the best movie song on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list.
Mr. Pasero has arranged and recorded two renditions of this popular standard: “Over the Rainbow, Adagio in G Major” and this version “Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Serenata in E Major.” This E major version is an excerpt from Stevan’s concert rendition. The key of E major utilizes the open 6th string E note, allowing usage of the lowest open string note and high notes up to the 15th fret for this arrangement.
About the composer:
Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music, who composed over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (lyrics by Yip Harburg), including “Over the Rainbow”, Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. “Over the Rainbow” was voted the 20th century’s No. 1 song by the RIAA and the NEA. Arlen composed two of the defining songs of Judy Garland’s career: “Over the Rainbow” and “The Man That Got Away”, the last written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born.
Over the Rainbow Guitar Sheet Music: see Stevan’s arrangement in G major here.