The Matchmaker song from Fiddler on the Roof is a favorite with young girls. Check out this free sheet music that connects the beginning and the end!
What do I mean, connect the beginning and the end? Well, at the beginning of the song, the sisters are happily dreaming about their future husbands - men as yet unknown to them. Unknown, yet surely WONDERFUL. They sing, "For Papa, make him a scholar... for Mama, make him rich as a king. For me, well, I wouldn't holler if he were as handsome as anything!"
But in the next verse, they have changed their minds - no longer are they in a hurry to find a "match." Why not? In the shortened version of the song that you find in Fiddler On the Roof, Vocal Selections, you are not told. Here is the whole scene:
The full score of Fiddler on the Roof, with the funny Part B of Matchmaker is $80 currently at Sheetmusicplus... but one of my students, a senior, really wanted to sing it with an ensemble. It's her last year of singing with me, so I wanted to make her happy!
But I wasn't happy with the abridged song. I looked high and low for sheet music that included the humorous bantering of the sisters - I even bought a choral arrangement of a medley for SSA of Fiddler on the Roof (6 copies - grrr!), all to no avail. The missing scene wasn't there either. And an $80 book was out of the question.
I begin this piano interlude right at the end of verse one, after the girls sing "Night after night in the dark I'm alone, so strike me a match... of... my... own."
Then, what we have planned during these two pages of music is a bit of acting to contrast with verse one. During the singing of that verse, the starry-eyed girls were gazing at "photos" of very handsome, eligible young men - perhaps Disney princes! But now suddenly, the "matchmaker" will appear (another girl, wearing a scarf), with her own page of photos, made up of dismal-looking villains. (Both pages will appear on the screen up front so audience members can enjoy the contrast.)
The music I have written, with minor chords echoing chord patterns that were previously major, will encourage the girls to act out their dawning recognition of the possible dangers of matrimony to a stranger. They will, hopefully, recoil in horror and give meaning to the second verse, when they re-enter with the words "Matchmaker, Matchmaker, you know that I'm still very young... please take your time..."
Anyway, that's the plan! I'll let you know how it goes.
Because this creation is an original work, new music, I do not believe it violates copyright law. If anyone can prove me wrong, I will pull this page down.
Till then, it is free for anyone who wishes to make use of it (unless YOU are charging money for a performance, in which case you need my permission to use my work).
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Is the Matchmaker interlude music the same as in the movie?
Hello! Does this interlude sound anything like the one in the video? My group really wanted to have the eldest girl saying Tzeitel's lines, but if the …