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Rodgers and Hammerstein

Rodgers and Hammerstein (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) were a successful musical theatre writing duo in the 1940s and 50s and they have been described as the greatest writing partnership of the 20th century.

Among the many accolades that their shows (and film versions) garnered were  Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and Grammy Awards.

Most of their shows have since been reworked for television and have seen stage revivals across the world.

Here you will find all our Rodgers and Hammerstein Backing Tracks listed in alphabetical order of show and song title.

Backing Tracks

 

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Carousel Backing Tracks –  If I Loved You.  …   June Is Bustin’ Out All Over …  Soliloquy …  You’ll Never Walk Alone …

King And I Backing Tracks – Getting To Know You …  Hello Young Lovers …  How Can I Not Love You …  I Have Dreamed …  I Whistle A Happy Tune …  Shall We Dance …  Something Wonderful …  We Kiss In A Shadow …

Oklahoma Backing Tracks – All ‘Er Nothing …  Out Of My Dreams …  I Can’t Say No …  Kansas City …  Many A New Day …  Oh What A Beautiful Morning …  Oklahoma …  People Will Say We’re In Love …  Surrey With The Fringe On Top …

Sound Of Music Backing Tracks –  16 going on 17 …  Climb Every Mountain …  Do Re Mi …  Edelweiss …  How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria …  I Have Confidence …  Lonely Goatherd …  My Favourite Things …  Processional and Maria …  So Long Farewell …  Something Good …  The Sound Of Music …

South Pacific Backing Tracks – Bali Hai …  Bloody Mary …  Cockeyed Optimist …  Finale …  Happy Talk …  Honey Bun …  I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair …  Some Enchanted Evening …  There Is Nothing Like A Dame …  This Nearly Was Mine …  Twin Soliloquies …  What Kind Of Fool Am I …  Wonderful Guy …  Younger Than Springtime …  You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught …

 

 

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Disney Frozen II – 2

Disney Frozen II (2) is set three years after the events of the first film (Disney – Frozen). The story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, as they embark on a journey beyond Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa.

 

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Frozen Backing Tracks

All Is Found, Into The Unknown,  Idina Menzel, Lost In The Woods, Next Right Thing, Kristen Bell, Show Yourself, Some Things Never Change, When I Am Older

 

 

 

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Disney – The Lion King

Lion King

Disney The Lion King is a 1994 American animated epic musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Its original songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and original scores were written by Hans Zimmer.

A remake of the film was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. It was a box office smash and replaced Frozen as the highest grossing animated film of all time.

 

 

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More About The Lion King

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands, but Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa and manipulates Simba into thinking he was responsible. Simba flees into exile.  In his search for his identity, his eagerness to please others and test bounderies sometimes gets him into trouble. He is given valuable guidance from his childhood friend, Nala, and his elder, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar: to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

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Disney Lion King Backing Tracks

Be Prepared, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Circle of Life  – with ignoyama chanting, Endless Night, Grasslands Chant ,Hakuna Matata, He Lives In You, He Lives In You – Reprise, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, Lion Sleeps Tonight, Love Will Find A Way, Madness Of King Scar,  Morning Report, One Of Us,  Pride Rock – Circle Of Life – Finale, Shadowland, Spirit – Beyonce, Upendi

 

 

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Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill

Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill is a play about Billie Holiday by Lanie Robertson. The play is set in Philadelphia in March 1959. Billie Holiday is performing in a bar and sings accompanied by Jimmy Powers on the piano. She recounts some of the events in her life which had been somewhat eventful.

 

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Lady Day At Emmerson Bar & Gril Backing Tracks – Crazy He Calls Me  …  God Bless The Child  …   Strange Fruit  …   T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do  …  What A Little Moonlight Can Do  …  

 

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Disney – Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Disney  Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy comedy film loosely based on the series of children’s books of the same name written by P.L.Travers.  It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. Mary Poppins, played by Julie Andrews, visits a dysfunctional family in London and brings her unique brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s way of life.

 

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Disney – Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film. Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film, and stars Emily Blunt and features supporting roles by Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, the film sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning one year after a family tragedy.

 

Mary Poppins Backing Tracks:

A Spoonful Of Sugar, Chim Chim Che’ree, Feed The Birds, Jolly Holiday, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, Practically Perfect, Step In Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Cover Is Not The Book

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Howard Keel

Howard Keel (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004) was an American actor and singer and star of some of the most famous MGM film musicals ever made.

At the age of 20, he was encouraged to take singing lessons and his first public performance took place in 1941, when he played the role of Samuel the Prophet in Handel’s oratorio Saul.  In 1947 he travelled to London (UK) with the cast of Oklahoma! where his performance garnered multiple encore calls.

After joining MGM Howard Keels career as a musicals actor really took off with appearances in Annie Get Your Gun (1950),  Show Boat (1951), Calamity Jane (1953), Kiss Me Kate (1953) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Kismet (1955). Throughout the 1960’s he continued to appear in films (but not with a musical theme) and later took a role in the TV drama series Dallas. 

 

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Howard Keel Backing Tracks – Bless Your Beautiful Hide  …  Higher Than A Hawk Deeper Than A Well  …   If Ever I Would Leave You  …  Impossible Dream  …   I Won’t Send Roses  …  My Defences Are Down  …  Old Man River  …  Send In The Clowns  …   So In Love  …  They Say It’s Wonderful  …  Why Do I Love You  …  

 

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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is regarded as one of the most influential dancers of his time.

His stage, film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and as the dancing partner of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Fred Astaire has been named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood cinema.

 

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Fred Astaire Backing Tracks – Cheek To Cheek  …  Continental  …  Fascinating Rhythm  …  Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off  …  Putting On The Ritz  …  The Way You Look Tonight  …  Top Hat White Tie And Tails  …  

Lyrics

Top Hat White Tie And Tails

Words and music by Irving Berlin.
From the film “Top Hat.”

[Verse:]
I just got an invitation through the mails:
“Your presence requested this evening,
It’s formal, a top hat, a white tie and tails. ”
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails.
Because I’m invited to step out this evening
With top hat and white tie and tails.

[Chorus:]
I’m puttin’ on my top hat,
Tyin’ up my white tie,
Brushin’ off my tails.
I’m dudin’ up my shirt front,
Puttin’ in the shirt studs,
Polishin’ my nails,
I’m steppin’ out, my dear,
To breathe an atmosphere
That simply reeks with class;
And I trust that you’ll excuse my dust
When I step on the gas,
For I’ll be there,
Puttin’ down my top hat,
Mussin’ up my white tie,
Dancin’ in my tails.

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13 The Musical

13 The Musical (Thirteen)

13 is a musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13 is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers. It originally began previews on September 16, 2008 and officially opened on October 5, 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The Broadway production closed on January 4, 2009 after a total of 105 performances. The show was directed by Jeremy Sams and starred Graham Phillips as Evan Goldman and Allie Trimm as Patrice. It also starred Corey Snide as Evan on the matinee performances, Aaron Simon Gross as Archie, Eric Nelsen as Brett, and Delaney Moro as Kendra. The 2008 Broadway production is notable for being the professional debuts of Ariana Grande as Charlotte and Elizabeth Gillies as Lucy, who would later go on to star together in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious.

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Twelve-year-old New Yorker Evan Goldman is soon to have his Bar Mitzvah. He wants his party to be amazing, but that might not happen because his parents are splitting up as his father starts to fall in love with a stewardess, causing his mother to file a divorce against her husband (“Thirteen/Becoming A Man”). Just as Evan thinks that maybe things will be fine, his mother calls to tell him they are moving to Appleton, Indiana. Once there, Evan finds a friend in his neighbor, Patrice, who develops a crush on Evan while telling him about Appleton, Indiana (“The Lamest Place in the World”).

Later that month, Evan meets Brett Sampson, the most popular kid in school, along with his goons, Malcolm and Eddie, and tells Brett and his friends to take Kendra, a very pretty girl whom Brett wants to date, to a scary movie where Brett can do “The Tongue”. Brett nicknames Evan “Brain” because of his idea. Later, Brett asks out Kendra, but Lucy, her jealous friend who has a crush on Brett, tries to tell Kendra she can’t go (“Hey, Kendra”). When Brett tells Evan that the idea seems to have worked, Evan is thrilled; this means that Brett will come to his Bar Mitzvah, and if Brett comes, everyone else will come. Patrice, however, is displeased. If she goes to the Bar Mitzvah, nobody else will go because the other kids don’t like her and Evan will be viewed as “uncool” for hanging out with her. Evan does not think that it will be that bad, but when he hands out the invitations, he sees that Patrice is right, and in a moment of panic, rips up her invitation so the popular kids will come (“13 (Reprise)”). As the other kids express their excitement over Evan’s party, Archie, a boy with muscular dystrophy, enters and introduces himself. He is upset at Evan for humiliating Patrice – his best and only friend – but promises to help make it up to her if Evan gets him a date with Kendra. When Archie’s attempts to use his degenerative illness to guilt Evan into getting him the date do not work, Archie tries to convince him that Evan is the only one who can get Archie the date and if he doesn’t, Archie will show up to Evan’s Bar Mitzvah and ruin it (“Get Me What I Need”). Evan finally relents. Later, at cheerleading practice, Kendra teaches a new cheer while Lucy resolves to make Brett her boyfriend (“Opportunity”). Archie tries to talk Patrice into giving Evan a second chance, especially since she has a crush on him, but she has lost faith in him and is still upset at what he did to her (“What It Means To Be A Friend”).

In class, Brett tells Evan to get his mother to buy them all tickets to “The Bloodmaster.” Evan protests that his mother will not buy them tickets to an R-rated movie, but Brett points out that if she doesn’t, nobody will go to his Bar Mitzvah and Evan will be uncool. Evan cycles through possible plans, eventually realizing that he will have Archie use his illness to guilt Evan’s mother (“All Hail the Brain/Terminal Illness”). To make things better with Patrice, Evan asks her to go to the movie with him as a date. He then realizes that he “just set Brett and Archie up to be on dates with the same girl, on the same night, in the same place….” Evan makes Archie promise to do nothing more than sit next to Kendra so as not to screw up Brett’s date. Archie agrees, and everyone prepares for Friday night (“Getting Ready”).

Everyone gets to the movie and Brett prepares for “The Tongue.” Lucy is on “Tongue Patrol” and Kendra waits for it along with Eddie and Malcolm. Amidst it all, Patrice is upset because Evan is not sitting with her; he is saving a seat for Archie (“Any Minute”). When Archie gets there, he pokes Brett with a crutch, and panic ensues: Archie squeezes his face, closes his eyes, and goes in to kiss Kendra, while Brett at the same time, turns his head, sticks out his tongue, and goes in for the kiss. Evan sees, and as he mouths “Nooooo!”, reaches to pull Kendra back, while Lucy reaches for Kendra, too, but only so she can stop Kendra from getting the tongue. When Brett and Archie don’t realize that Kendra is out of their way, their mouths meet. Kendra knees Brett in the crotch, trying to stop him from hurting Evan or Archie, after Archie reveals how Evan set him up on a date with Kendra. Brett breaks up with Kendra, and Lucy asks if Brett’s “tongue is still available.” Meanwhile, Evan is left alone by Patrice (“Good Enough”).

As Lucy and Brett begin dating, she forces him to spend more time with her. Brett’s friends recognize that Lucy is good neither for Brett nor for them at all (“Bad News”). Evan promises to help to get Brett and Kendra back together so that he can get back on everyone’s good side. Archie, fearing that this is a lost cause, begs Patrice to help Evan. She tells Archie she is not going, but he knows she’s lying. When Patrice gets there, she surprises Evan by helping him help Brett, but instead of telling Brett what to say to Kendra, they end up telling each other that they are sorry, but Brett is oblivious (“Tell Her”). Brett takes their advice, and when he learns that Lucy and Kendra are fighting over him, he interferes and makes a feeble attempt to get Kendra back, and to his surprise, she forgives him. Meanwhile, Lucy learns of it and won’t take the hit. She spreads a rumor that Kendra is cheating on Brett with Evan, and then gets Evan and Kendra in the same place so that Brett can catch them (“It Can’t Be True”). Her plan works, and Brett lashes out at Evan. Evan, finally having enough of Brett, stands up to him and says that Archie and Patrice are his real friends. After Brett insults Archie and Patrice, Evan shoves him, and Brett punches him in the nose, giving him a nosebleed. Patrice immediately rushes to Evan’s aid. Kendra shows kindness towards Archie before running after Brett. Evan wants to call off the Bar Mitzvah because it would only be him, Patrice, and Archie, but Patrice and Archie point out it that won’t be that bad, and Evan starts to agree. He surprises Patrice with a kiss, and she surprises him back (“If That’s What It Is”). Evan has his Bar Mitzvah after all; he is starting to understand what growing up means, and the characters tell of what surprises turning thirteen brought for each of them (“A Little More Homework”). Evan tells the audience that he is “thirteen years old. And [he’s] just getting started.”  An encore is performed to end the show and the band is brought onstage (“Brand New You”).

Song List:

  • “13/Becoming a Man” – Evan and Company
  • “The Lamest Place in the World” – Patrice
  • “Hey Kendra” – Brett, Malcolm, Eddie, Lucy, and Kendra
  • “Get Me What I Need” – Archie and Company
  • “Opportunity” – Lucy and Cheerleaders
  • “What It Means to Be a Friend” – Patrice
  • “All Hail the Brain” – Evan
  • “Terminal Illness” – Evan, Archie, and Company
  • “Getting Ready” – Archie, Evan, Lucy, Kendra, Brett, and Company
  • “Any Minute” – Brett, Kendra, Patrice, and Archie
  • “Good Enough” – Patrice
  • “Being a Geek” – Evan, Rabbi, and Rabbis
  • “Bad News” – Eddie, Malcolm, Simon, and Richie
  • “Tell Her” – Evan and Patrice
  • “It Can’t Be True” – Lucy, Molly, Cassie, Charlotte, and Company
  • “If That’s What It Is” – Archie, Patrice, and Evan
  • “A Little More Homework” – Evan and Company
  • “Brand New You” – Cassie, Charlotte, Molly, and Company

 

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42nd Street The Musical

42nd Street – The Musical

42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Pretty Lady stars Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl in the cast. When Dorothy is injured during the show’s previews, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!

Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. 42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.

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SynopsisAct I

It begins just as the auditions for a fictitious Broadway musical, Pretty Lady, are drawing to a close. One young dancer, Peggy Sawyer, has not made it to the auditions on time but, luckily for her, her unceremonious entrance has caught the eye of the show’s leading man, Billy Lawlor, who promises to help her secure or audition. Unfortunately, the director is too busy to deal with latecomers. The same goes for revered producer – Julian Marsh, who arrives to give his pre-rehearsal pep-talk. Peggy is ordered to leave the theatre and shortly after, the star of the show, veteran leading lady Dorothy Brock, arrives with her sugar-daddy, Abner Dillon. Dorothy is proving to be something of a headache for producer Marsh. She has only landed the starring role because Dillon is the show’s principal backer, and is therefore determined to play the role of star up to the hilt. However, her petulance and threats to walk out, taking Dillon’s cash with her, hold little sway with the producer, who will not be ordered about by anyone. Eventually Dorothy does start to rehearse, albeit sulkily.

During a break in rehearsals, Dorothy meets Pat Denning, an ex-lover end partner from her vaudeville days. She is still in love with him but does not want to risk the situation she has with the rich Abner Dillon, and the starring role in Pretty Lady that goes with it. Dorothy and Denning arrange to meet only when Dillon is not around.Meanwhile, Peggy has returned to the theatre to collect her purse, which she had forgotten during her hurried exit, There she is invited by some of the other dancers to lunch at a nearby tea-room. The girls decide to dance to the tea-room, and Peggy joins in, showing that she con manage even the most difficult dance steps.

After lunch, the group dance back to the theatre where they learn that the chorus is one girl short. The producer declares that he has a good mind to employ the first girl who comes past. Peggy realises that this is her chance and, to demonstrate her dancing ability, gives an impromptu performance right there in the street. Marsh is impressed and hires Peggy on the spot.

Billy and Dorothy Brock rehearse the love scene under the watchful eye of Abner Dillon. At one point, he insists that handshakes are substituted for kisses, Peggy, who hasn’t had sufficient time to prepare for her first dance number, makes a mess of the routine, causing Dorothy to lose her temper. Peggy faints and has to be taken to Dorothy’s dressing room to recover. There she is received by Denning, who is waiting to meet Dorothy. Unfortunately, Dorothy walks in just as Denning is administering to the unconscious Peggy. She is furious at what she sees. At this point Dillon barges in and Denning has to be passed off as Peggy’s boyfriend to avoid a scene. Meanwhile the producer is getting increasingly worried about Dorothy’s actions and the risks they pose to the show, so he arranges for a friendly gangster to run Denning out of town. Without saying goodbye to Dorothy, Denning ups and leaves for Philadelphia. Unknown to him, however, the out-of-town tryout of Pretty Lady has been rescheduled at the last minute – to Philadelphia!

At the final rehearsal, Dorothy gets annoyed at being left out of the big dance number. At a party that evening, she gets drunk end tells Dillon what she really thinks of him, before ringing around to try and find Denning. Marsh reacts by calling his gangster friend, but is overheard by Peggy, who rushes to warn Dorothy, only to find Denning waiting in Dorothy’s room. Again Dorothy appears and catches the two together and, in a fit of jealousy, orders them both to leave her alone. Miraculously, the show manages to open on time, and all seems to go well until Peggy is accidentally pushed into Dorothy’s path by another dancer. Dorothy falls and cannot get up. The curtain comes down, and the producer sacks Peggy on the spot. An announcement goes out that the performance has been abandoned.

Act II

Dorothy has broken her ankle and will not be able to continue. It seems as if the whole production will have to be cancelled. The dancers, aware that they will be out of a job, try to convince themselves that something can be done. Suddenly one of them has an idea: why not just replace Dorothy? They all agree that Peggy is the girl for the job and quickly convince Marsh, who decides to head back to New York and perform the show with Peggy in the lead role. The only problem is that Peggy has been sacked. Marsh rushes to Broad Street station, where he finds his potential leading lady despondent and ready to forget about a life in show business. Marsh tries to convince her with visions of Broadway, his words are echoed by the rest of the cast until, suddenly, Peggy agrees. She now has a mere 36 hours in which to learn all the songs and dance numbers, under Marsh’s unyielding direction. On the big day, she is visited by Dorothy, who explains how her broken ankle come as a blessing in disguise. It made her realise that love is more important then stardom She tells Peggy that she is now married to Denning, and wishes the new leading lady good luck.

That night Marsh wills Peggy onto the stage with the immortal words, “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” The performance is a tremendous success, and Peggy Sawyer is hailed as a new star of the stage. She is invited to a big party at the Ritz, but decides instead to go to the smaller party held by the chorus kids. And after the show she stays behind for a moment to thank the man who has made it all possible, Julian Marsh.

42nd Street Karaoke Backing Tracks: Overture & Opening, Audition Number, Young and Healthy, Shadow Walt, Go Into Your Dance,You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me, Getting Out of Town, Dames, I Know Now, We’re In the Money, Entr’acte,There’s a Sunny Side to Ev’ry Situation, Lullaby of Broadway, About a Quarter to Nine, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, 42nd Street, Finale Bows

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum The Musical

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced farce from the fabulous Stephen Sondheim. It centres around the slave, Pseudolus, who schemes (in exchange for his freedom) to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero.  However, things are never as easy as they seem and chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. In the end Hero gets Philia and the slave gets his freedom.

Backing Tracks

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Sheet Music

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