Viva La Vida free piano sheet music by Coldplay
About the song
On the 25th of May 2008, the great British band Coldplay released the "Viva la Vida" single, from their fourth studio album, titled "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends".
Pronounced /?vi?v? l? ?vi?d?/; in English and [?biβa la ?βiða] in Spanish, the song was written by Coldplay's band members, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin.
The song was distributed and released by Parlophone and Capitol Records, and it was produced by Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins and Rik Simpson.
"Viva La Vida" was released as the second single from the album.
In Spanish, the song can be translated in two ways, "Long Live Life" or "Live the Life".
"Viva La Vida" has powerful Christian and historical influences. The song itself is composed from a repeating string section in unison with a digital processed piano with a timpani background. Playing "Viva La Vida's" sheet music expresses the powerful religious and historical influences.
Coldplay's song had a huge success. It jumped to the top position of the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100 quickly.
This was an important thing for the band, because it was their first number-one single in both the United States and United Kingdom.
In 2009, at the 51st Grammy Awards ceremony, Coldplay's single won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
In the US, the song was the sixth one to exceed the 4 million threshold for paid downloads.
By the year 2014, the song was sold in over 7 million copies worldwide, and over 6 million alone by June of 2013.
The most powerful inspiration source for the song was a painting by 20th century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. It's title, "Viva la Vida" gave the song's name. In the Spanish language, "viva" is often use to praise someone for something they did. The painting is actually an irony, one that is is acclaiming life is physically suffering.
Chris Martin stated about the album's title that:
"She went through a lot of pain, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said 'Viva la Vida', I just loved the boldness of it."
Other powerful influences that aided to the birth of this song, were the religious ones. For example, "pillars of sand" is a reference to the biblical parable given by Jesus about the fool who built his house on sand, and the wise man who built it on solid rock, while "pillars of salt" is a reference to Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt.
Viva la Vida's free piano sheet music can be downloaded below. Enjoy and stay tuned for more!
|Writers:||Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin|
|Producers:||Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins and Rik Simpson|
|Released:||25 May 2008|
|Album:||Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends|