has released official sheet music for the game’s jazzy soundtrack.Available here, prices range from a couple of dollars for the Barbershop Quartet arrangements of “Don’t Deal With the Devil” and “A Quick Break”, to $50 for the scores and parts to seven tunes at professional standard. Each music pack contains the sheet music in PDF form.
The decision to share the sheets opens up possibilities for video game music to be played more widely in schools and concert halls around the world. Cuphead’s developers MDHR have bundled the scores into difficulty levels ranging from high school to professional to ensure there’s a song for everyone.
Cuphead’s music was critically acclaimed when the game launched two years ago, winning the BAFTA for Best Music. Composed by Kristofer Maddigan, the score encompasses original jazz, big band, and ragtime music, and cites JS Bach, George Gershwin, and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers among its influences. The three hour soundtrack was recorded by a 13-piece big band, a 10-piece ragtime ensemble, and even a tap dancer.
Studio MDHR tweeted the news alongside fresh art featuring Cuphead dressed in full marching band garb. “We’ve prepared High School, Professional, and Barbershop Quartet charts of Cuphead’s most iconic tunes for jazz lovers of all ages and skill levels,” the studio said.
In our review, Joe Skrebels described Cuphead’s music as “a huge jumble of high-tempo ragtime, swing, big band, and jazz (the list of musicians is almost as long as the rest of the credits combined) pummels away wonderfully in the background of every fight.” Read his full thoughts on the game here, which is now also available on Nintendo Switch.
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