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Songbook Review: The Best of Christine Brown
Christine Brown
Cover image of the songbook The Best of Christine Brown by Christine Brown
The Best of Christine Brown
Christine Brown
2011 / Key Image Music
70 pages / 13 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Best of Christine Brown Solo Piano Songbook is a compilation of thirteen pieces from four of Christine Brown’s recordings, which are also solo piano. There are four pieces from The Wishing Well (2011), four from Promise (2009), three from Piano Stories (2006), and two from Winter Tapestry (1997). The book is spiral-bound and the scores are printed on a moderate-weight bright white paper stock that should hold up to many years of play. None of these pieces are what I would call difficult, but they aren’t for beginners, either. There is a very nice range of playing levels from upper-intermediate to early-advanced. Almost all of the music is on the slower side, but there is a very pleasant variety of moods and emotions expressed. I only found one reach of more than an octave, and most of the music is composed in relatively easy keys. The transcriptions are clear and roomy, and pedaling suggestions and some of the metronome settings are included. This is a very lovely collection for those wanting to get acquainted with Christine Brown’s music (a very happy discovery for sure!) or for those looking for a “sampler.” It is available as a printed book or download from www.ChristineBrownPiano.com. Very highly recommended!

The pieces are listed below by title, what key(s) they are in, the number of pages, and the level of difficulty compared to other pieces by Christine Brown. Please note that a level 1 piece is the easiest of Christine’s pieces, not something for beginners, and a level 5 piece is relative to her most difficult pieces, not all music in general.

Blessing in Disguise - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 5 pages - level 3
Pendulum - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 9 pages - level 3
Stronger - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 6 pages - level 3.5
The Wishing Well - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 pages - level 3
Cascada - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 8 pages - level 3.5
Silent Tears - Key of C minor (3 flats)/ Eb minor (6 flats) - 6 pages - level 4
A Sunset’s Promise - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 9 pages - level 4
Treasure Moments - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ F minor (4 flats) - 4 pages - level 2.5
Coastal Breeze - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages - level 1.5
Never Too Late - Key of Db (5 flats) - 3 pages - level 4
Welcome Home - Key of G (1 sharp) - 4 pages - level 2.5
Angel’s Lullabye - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages - level 3
Expectations - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 pages - level 3
April 26, 2015
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