A Million Dreams (answers)

So firstly I’ll answer yesterday’s questions. Here is the song in question – A Million Dreams – if you want to listen again.

  1. In what key is the song? Does it change at all? G. No.
  2. How many beats in a bar? 4.
  3. How many bars in Verse 1, Bridge 1 and Chorus 1? 3 separate answers please. 8, 8, 9.
  4. What are the notes played by the piano in the intro? 4 bars worth please. See pic below.
  5. What are the first 4 chords of the Middle 8 section (after second chorus). Em, Baug/D#, G/D, C#m7b5.

Songs from musicals can have lots of chords, indeed often lots of difficult chords. Most of the songs in The Greatest Showman rely more on straightforward pop harmony however, and so chordally they aren’t not too difficult, and you don’t have to stray too far outside the 6 most common chords (Major 1, 4, 5 and Minor 2, 3 and 6).


As you can see from the above chord chart, this is certainly the case in this song, the exception being the start of the bridge.

Essentially this sequence is made up of an E minor chord (E, G, B) in which the root note descends by a semitone each time. The G and B are common to all 4 chords, it’s just the E which changes, first to a D#, then to a D and finally a C#.

It would not be correct to describe them as E, Em/D#, Em/D, Em/C# though, because this desctiption implies that an E stays in the chord, which according to my ears anyway, it doesn’t.

Try it.

PS a small number of tickets for this weekend’s shows can be found here.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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