Scores and Leadsheets


Paul’s work includes many jazz compositions and arrangements (both instrumental and vocal) as well as assorted compositions for brass quintet, woodwind ensembles, choir and other combinations of instruments.

Significant work includes jazz tunes such as For the Three of Us and Sand Castle, and Suite No. 3, a five movement 26 minute piece for jazz orchestra which was premiered at the Canadian National Exhibition in 1978. In 1999, he composed a 2 movement suite again for jazz orchestra, Prayer and Celebration to honour the memory of Canadian saxophonist, Eddie Sossin. Birdsong is one of his most well known original compositions for children’s choir and piano (published by Boosey and Hawkes). He also has written arrangements played by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra (Hymn to Freedom, Au Jardin d’Amour, and The First Ride).

Aside from these, he has written many arrangements for jazz and commercial groups of many sizes and shapes. Over the years as pianist and arranger with the Trish Colter sextet, he  contributed over 120 arrangements of standards and original songs.

The scores and lead sheets of original compositions are copyright by Paul Read (SOCAN). If you’d like a pdf of any of these, please email me ( or leave a note on the contact page on this site.

  • Leadsheets

  • Arc-en-ciel
  • Bella Ballad
  • Dance Never Ends
  • The Emerald Sea
  • For the Three of Us
  • Laugh Track for My Dreams
  • Lethargy Most Foul
  • Pop Free Zone
  • Prayer (for Eddie)
  • Sand Castle
  • Serenity Dot Calm
  • Scott Free
  • Summer
  • Uncle Teacosy’s Corn Roast
  • Waltz for Kelly
  • Waltz for TC (Days Spent With You)
  • You Make Me Believe

  • Jazz Orchestra

  • Arc-en-ciel
  • Awakening
  • Ballad for Mr. G.
  • Oxymoron
  • Prayer and Celebration Suite (dedicated to the memory of Eddie Sossin)
  • Sand Castle
  • Suite No. 3 (five movements)
  • Waltz for Kelly

  • Choral Music

The following are available through their respective publishers

  • Jazz Choir

  • Confirmation (Charlie Parker)
  • I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Frank Loesser) (Arrangement available from (UNC Press)
  • Time Remembered (Bill Evans)

  • Chamber Music

  • Music for 10 Instruments (1973)
  • Brass Quintet (1971)
  • Lament (for solo flute and piano) (1989)
  • Sinfonietta

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