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Songbook Review: The Arrow and the Song
Brad Jacobsen
Cover image of the songbook The Arrow and the Song by Brad Jacobsen
The Arrow and the Song
Brad Jacobsen
2014 / Brad Jacobsen Music
64 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Arrow and the Song is the companion solo piano sheet music collection to Brad Jacobsen’s 2014 album by the same name. All of the pieces from the recording are included, transcribed note-for-note by John Zechiel and proofed/edited by me, ensuring that the sheet music is as close of a match to the recording as possible. The book is spiral-bound and the music is printed on a medium-weight bright white paper stock. The notation is clear and very easy to read. Metronome settings and suggested pedaling are included, as are dynamics and detailed playing instructions. The pieces are melodic and relaxing and none are difficult to play. Pianists at an upper-intermediate level and above should have little trouble mastering this music. There are only a few places where there is a reach of more than an octave. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour or so it took to play through the book for pleasure and highly recommend this collection! It is available as a printed book or as a download for the whole book or individual pieces from www.bradjacobsenmusic.com.

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

Daybreak - Key of G (1 sharp) / D (2 sharps) - 5 pages
By the Banks (Loch Lomond) - Key of F (1 flat) - 5 pages
Tender Willow - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
The Arrow and the Song - Key of G - 5 pages
The Water is Wide / Shenandoah - Key of F/ Bb (2 flats) / Eb - 6 pages
White Tailed - Key of E (4 sharps)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 6 pages
Hushed October Morning Mild - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 3 pages
In a Yellow Wood - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 6 pages
Autumn Ends - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Barren Boughs - Key of Bb minor (5 flats) - 5 pages
Smoke Upon the Hills - Key of Db (5 flats) - 6 pages
Map of White - Key of F - 4 pages
July 13, 2016
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