Elvis Costello: "Veronica" Piano Sheet Music

Look, listen, and learn about Elvis Costello's New Wave Rock classic "Veronica" featuring piano solo arrangements by Jennifer Eklund.

Elvis Costello: "Veronica" Piano Sheet Music

About Elvis Costello:

Elvis Costello, born Declan Patrick MacManus on August 25, 1954, is an English singer-songwriter and musician who emerged during the late 1970s as part of the punk and new wave movements. Known for his distinctive voice and clever, often acerbic lyrics, Costello has explored various musical genres, including rock, punk, pop, and country. His debut album, “My Aim Is True” (1977), marked the beginning of a prolific career that spans several decades and encompasses collaborations with diverse artists. Costello’s hits include “Alison,” “Pump It Up,” and “Everyday I Write the Book.”

Costello’s most well-known personal relationship is with Canadian jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall. The two artists married in 2003 and have twin sons, Dexter and Frank, born in 2006. The couple occasionally collaborates on musical projects.

Over the years, he has continued to evolve stylistically, embracing elements of jazz, classical, and beyond. Costello’s versatility, prolific songwriting, and enduring influence have solidified his status as a respected and enduring figure in the music industry.

About “Veronica”:

“Veronica” is a song by Elvis Costello, released as the lead single from the 1989 album Spike. Co-written with Paul McCartney, the song addresses the theme of severe memory loss, inspired by Costello’s grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. The collaboration with McCartney resulted in a poignant reflection on the impact of aging. The track, co-produced with T-Bone Burnett and Kevin Killen, features McCartney on bass and earned acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly listing it among Costello’s top ten tunes. It became Costello’s highest-charting top 40 hit in the U.S., peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The accompanying music video, directed by John Hillcoat and Evan English, portrays an elderly woman reminiscing about her life in a retirement home and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.


1. “Veronica” Intermediate Piano Solo

Key features of the intermediate version:

  • Includes all verses, choruses, bridge, and full ending. Accurate transcription of the verses (which are all slightly different)
  • 6 total pages
  • Run time is approximately 3:20

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:


2. “Veronica” Easy Piano Solo

Key features of the easy piano version:

  • Appropriate for late beginners
  • Abridged version includes the first verse, chorus, third verse, outro chorus
  • Limited position shifts; stays mostly in a full 5-finger C position using only primary I-IV-V chords.
  • 4 total pages
  • Run time is approximately 2:00

🧐 Sheet music sneak peek:


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Jennifer Eklund
Written by Jennifer Eklund
Jennifer Eklund holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach. She is an avid arranger, composer, and author of the Piano Pronto® method books series as well as a wide variety of supplemental songbooks. She is also a Signature Artist with Musicnotes.com with a large catalog of popular music titles for musicians of all levels.

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