Clapton - Wonderful Tonight


Eric Clapton wrote this song for his (then) wife Pattie Boyd.
The lyrics are useful for making sense of the rhythms in the piano arrangement.
Here they are:

It's late in the evening; she's wondering what clothes to wear.
She puts on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair.
And then she asks me, "Do I look all right?"
And I say, "Yes, you look wonderful tonight."

We go to a party and everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady that's walking around with me.
And then she asks me, "Do you feel all right?"
And I say, "Yes, I feel wonderful tonight."

I feel wonderful because I see
The love light in your eyes.
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don't realize how much I love you.

It's time to go home now and I've got an aching head,
So I give her the car keys and she helps me to bed.
And then I tell her, as I turn out the light,
I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight.
Oh my darling, you were wonderful tonight."

Pupil Match & Suitability

The appeal of this arrangement will be wide ranging, although possibly less popular with younger children.

The opportunity to play a piece which is 'famous' always appeals. However it is not easy at this level, mostly on account of the textures which are very satisfying but do demand a lot of detailed playing - at one point in four parts.

This would not be a suitable piece for a student who finds it difficult to co-ordinate rhythmically different parts.

Style & Tempo

The style of the original piece is that of a nostalgic ballad. It is a love song with a memorable lyrical line.

The pace needs to be very much like the actual song. Here it is by the composer, Eric Clapton:

Final Performance

An sensitively phrased performance of this piece.

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