The Internationale

Here is an arrangement of this truly revolutionary song, The Internationale, the original words by Eugene Pottier (1871), and music by Pierre De Geyter (1888). This arrangement in G major, for the Illawarra Union Singers, by Doug McPherson (2021) from earlier arrangements by Jerry Engelbach, (2001), and  Alan Bush (1948).

Sheet Music With Words;
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Guitar Chords and Melody, (-Latest Version 3.5),
containing harmony from bar 30, (the 2nd part of the chorus)

Sheet Music (Cropped),
This gives a bigger printout, if you choose “Fit” in Adobe Acrobat. If this doesn’t work, just use the first uncropped sheet music.

Here is the sheet music in .jpg format:

Practice Tracks:
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The Whole Arrangement
The melody (soprano) line is played by a piano throughout, and when the harmony kicks in, (bar 30) the alto and tenor are represented by a choir sound, and the bass, an organ.

Harmony Bits

These are all sung, (not brilliantly, but sufficing as a guide), starting at bar 30, halfway through the chorus, going on to repeat the last line as a coda.




Version Changes: This document details what changes may have been made from previous versions.

This arrangement was created in Finale. Here is a link to the Finale file,
and here is a link to a compressed music mxl file of the arrangement, for importing into other programs, for example the excellent open source MuseScore program.

Some performances to guide and inspire: Firstly, Arturo Toscanini, himself a refugee from Fascist Italy, conducting a choir and orchestra, in a performance censored by the US government. Note the use of dynamics.

The Red Army Choir and Orchestra performs revolutionary songs rather well.

And, of course, who else but Pete Seeger:


Below is an earlier melody version with piano accompaniment.

Piano, Guitar Chords and Melodyinternationale_pno_guit_mel_v1_page_1internationale_pno_guit_mel_v1_page_2

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