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Songbook Review: Souvenirs
Christine Brown
Cover image of the songbook Souvenirs by Christine Brown
Christine Brown
2014 / Key Image Music
75 pages / 14 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Souvenirs is the companion sheet music book to Christine Brown’s award-winning 2014 album by the same title. Named “Album of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, all fourteen pieces from the recording are contained in this book, transcribed note-for-note. Christine Brown is an accomplished pianist, so this music isn’t what I would call simple, but most pianists at an upper-intermediate to early-advanced playing level should be able to master all of the pieces with some practice. The book is spiral-bound, printed on a bright white medium-weight paper that will stand up well to use, and has full-color covers on the front and back. The notation is clear and roomy and includes pedaling suggestions and metronome settings. I didn’t encounter any reaches of more than an octave and most of the pieces are written in fairly easy keys (listed below); timing is not complicated. A few pieces have notes with more ledger lines than I would prefer, but having a pencil handy to mark in what those notes are (if you can’t remember after a few times through) will take care of that problem. Most of the pieces are composed to be played at a fairly leisurely tempo and there is a nice combination of moods expressed in the music. Pianists of any age will find much to enjoy between the covers of Souvenirs and I highly recommend it. It is currently available from www.christinebrownpiano.com as a physical book, an eBook, and as individual pieces.

The song titles, the keys they are written in, and the number of pages are:
Rhythm of the Rain - Key of F# minor (3 sharps) - 7 pages
Souvenirs - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 5 pages
Shiver - Key of F minor (4 flats)/ C minor (3 flats) - 8 pages
Prelude to Sunrise - Key of G (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Chasing the Moon - Key of G - 5 pages
Aqua Abyss - Key of C minor - 5 pages
Silver Lining - Key of F# (6 sharps) - 6 pages
Silhouette - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Traveling Dreams - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 4 pages
The Hour Glass - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 5 pages
Morning Grace - Key of A (3 sharps) - 4 pages
Stepping Stones - Key of F (1 flat) - 6 pages
Guardian Angel - Key of A - 6 pages
Cashmere Clouds - Key of F - 4 pages
March 10, 2015
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