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Songbook Review: The Art of Piano
David Hicken
Cover image of the songbook The Art of Piano by David Hicken
The Art of Piano
David Hicken
2016 / Enchanting Music
114 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Art of Piano songbook is the companion sheet music collection for David Hicken’s 2016 album by the same name. Best-described as classical cross-over, this collection is much more virtuosic than much of Hicken’s previous music. Big, showy, and a lot of fun to play, most of these pieces require some mastery of the piano as Hicken pulls out all of the stops to demonstrate the speed and agility of his impressive chops at the piano. Hicken is also a very accomplished organist, and some of these pieces reflect his love of Bach’s complex music and the contrapuntal style of the Baroque era. Most of the companion songbooks that I review are about 60-70 pages, but this one is a whopping 114 pages to accommodate the 36,000+ notes that Hicken claims lie between the covers (and I believe it!).

The book is spiral-bound and printed on a medium-weight bright white paper. My only complaint about the book is that there are a few places where the notes are so close that it’s nearly impossible to read the ledger lines. A handy pencil to mark what those notes are will help. There are also a few places where an 8va or 8vb would have helped. Again, a pencil near the piano can take care of any confusion. Pianists should know that there are quite a number of reaches of a tenth. Those chords and intervals can be rolled or shortened to fit hands that don’t reach that far (like mine!). So, if you love dramatic piano music that is fast, bold and very beautiful, check this book out! It is available exclusively from www.DavidHicken.com. Very highly recommended!

The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:

Incantation - Key of E minor (1 sharp) / F minor (4 flats) - 13 pages
The Letter - Key of Bb minor (5 flats)/ B minor (2 sharps) - 12 pages
Talavera - Key of C minor (3 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps)/ D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
Resurham - Key of C minor (3 flats)/ F minor (4 flats)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ D minor (1 flat)/ Bb minor (5 flats)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
The Rhapsodist - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
The Return - Key of Bb minor (5 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps) - 11 pages
Camille - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ Bb minor (5 flats)/ B minor (2 sharps)/ A# minor (7 sharps) - 8 pages
Deliverance - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 11 pages
The Messenger - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ D (2 sharps)/ G minor (2 flats) - 5 pages
Renaissance - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ C minor (3 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps)/ D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
Incognito - Key of F minor ( 4 flats)/ C minor (3 flats)/ F# minor (3 sharps)/. C# minor ( 4 sharps) - 8 pages
The Quest - Key of D (2 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
February 23, 2017
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