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Songbook Review: O Beautiful Day
Christa Steenhuyse-Vandevelde
Cover image of the songbook O Beautiful Day by Christa Steenhuyse-Vandevelde
O Beautiful Day
Christa Steenhuyse-Vandevelde
2016 / Metropolis Music Publishers
35 pages / 10 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
O Beautiful Day is a solo piano songbook containing ten original compositions by Christa Steenhuyse-Vandevelde. Located in Begium, Ms Steenhuyse-Vandevelde has been a piano teacher for more than 30 years and has composed a large body of music for piano students at all levels as well as pieces for other instruments and choral works. A recording of Ms Steenhuyse-Vandevelde playing the music from O Beautiful Day (2016) is available on CD, to download or to stream.

The music from O Beautiful Day is mostly at an intermediate to upper-intermediate playing level with expressive melodies and uncomplicated rhythms. Published by Metropolis Music Publishers in Belgium, the songbook is beautifully laid out with roomy notation that is clear and very easy to read. The binding is stapled, but I had no trouble keeping the book open on my piano. All ten of the pieces are on the slower side and allow plenty of room for creative expression. Suitable for students and pianists at all ages, and especially teens and adults, there is much to enjoy between the covers of this lovely book.

I really enjoyed my time with this songbook and look forward to finding more music by Christa Steenhuyse-Vandevelde.

The titles of the pieces, the key(s) they are in, and the number of pages are:

Just Me - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
In Thoughts I'll Be There - Key of C - 2 pages
In Silence - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 2 pages
On My Way - Key of Eb (3 flats)/ C - 4 pages
A New Beginning - Key of G (1 sharp)/ Bb (2 flats) - 3 pages
O Beautiful Day - Key of C - 3 pages
Intermezzo: Tendresse - Key of G - 2 pages
Nocturne: And I Wish You All Goodnight - Key of D (2 sharps) - 2 pages
Prayer For a New World - Key of D/ F (1 flat)/ Ab (4 flats)/ B (5 sharps) - 5 pages
Just a Song - Key of C/ Eb - 2 1/2 pages
February 14, 2022