Alone Together: Transcribed for Cello

Here is the jazz classic “Alone Together” transcribed and arranged for cello.

Like so many other composers of the great jazz classics, Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, Arthur Schwartz (1900-1989) was an American of Eastern European Jewish origins. A friend of George Gershwin, he graduated from university with degrees in English and Architecture before achieving a doctorate in law studies but dedicated his life to music. Written in 1932 for “Flying Colours”, one of the more than 25 Broadway shows (musicals) that Schwartz composed, “Alone Together” is just one of the better-known songs of his enormous output.

We play the song here in the key of D minor, which facilitates our playing of it in two different octaves. The repetition of the song (second verse) is in the higher octave so the “Easier Version” just repeats the lower octave version twice. The “Square Version” is notated without any syncopation.

  1.  Clean Version
  2.    Edited Version
  3.    Easier Version
  4.    Square Version

And here below is a play-along accompaniment: