Theatrical / Incidental Sheet Music

Incidental music is music intended to accompany some art form not primarily musical, such as theater, TV, radio, video games, movies, etc. Incidental music may range from drones and other interventions bordering on the definition of 'sound effect', to well defined pieces such as overtures, interludes, etc. The use of incidental music dates back to Greek drama, and many well known composers in Western music history have written incidental music for plays, such as Ludwig van Beethoven's Egmont music, Franz Schubert's Rosamunde music, Felix Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music, Georges Bizet's L'Arlésienne music, and Edvard Grieg's music for Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt.

Title Composer Instrument Period
The Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Op.50 George Henschel Choir and Orchestra Romantic
The Old Bachelor, Z.607 Henry Purcell Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
The Pearl Girl Howard Talbot Voice(s) and Piano Early 20th Century
The Rival Sisters, Z.609 Henry Purcell Voice(s) and Instruments Baroque
The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Romantic
The Snow Maiden, Op.12 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Choir and Orchestra Late 19th century
The Tempest Arthur Sullivan Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
The Tempest, Op.75 Anton Arensky Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
The Tempest, Z.631 Henry Purcell Voice(s) and Orchestra Baroque
The Unwelcome Guest, Op.38 Arthur Weld Voice(s) and Piano Romantic
Timon of Athens, Z.632 Henry Purcell Choir and Orchestra Baroque
Turandot, Op.37 Carl Maria von Weber Orchestra Romantic
Turandot, Op.42 Wilhelm Stenhammar Chamber group Romantic
Was ihr wollt Engelbert Humperdinck Choir and Orchestra Early 20th Century
Was wir bringen, MWV M 6 Felix Mendelssohn Choir and Instrument Romantic
Wellingtons Sieg, Op.91 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Romantic
Western Allegro Hugo Riesenfeld Orchestra Early 20th Century
Wilhelm Tell, Op.102 Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke Orchestra Romantic
William Shakespeare, Op.74 Friedrich Kuhlau Orchestra Classical
Yanthis Gabriel Pierné Choir and Orchestra Early 20th Century