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Songbook Review: Always
Dan Chadburn
Cover image of the songbook Always by Dan Chadburn
Dan Chadburn
2022 / Dan Chadburn Music
13 pages / 73 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Dan Chadburn's Always: Sheet Music for Solo Piano is the companion sheet music collection for Dan's 2022 solo piano recording, Always. Already one of my favorite albums of the year, I have really been looking forward to the sheet music! The music was transcribed by John Zechiel and Dan Chadburn, ensuring that the sheet music is as close to the original recordings as possible. The book includes all twelve pieces from the recording plus a bonus version of "Minuet," which was transposed from the original key of Db to the much easier key of C - I'm sure many of Dan's fans will thank him for that! Most of the pieces in the book are reflective, emotional and very beautiful, making this a very satisfying collection to just sit and play. Dan is an excellent pianist, so although the music is not overly difficult, I would put most of the pieces at an upper-intermediate to early-advanced playing level. Dan also has large hands with a wide reach, but I found it easy to put most of the keys I couldn't reach with one hand over onto the other, so that's a very do-able alternative if you can't reach a tenth.

The printed books are spiral-bound (yea!!!) and have a clear plastic cover over the paper cover to keep it looking good for a long time. The music is printed on a bright white medium-weight paper stock that is very easy to read as well as to turn pages. Very roomy and well-spaced, it's a beautiful book to look at as well as to play! Pedal markings are throughout, and many of the pieces have the dates that the music was created and a few indicate what inspired the music. There is also an "About the artist..." page and a page with album credits and a variety of links for where you can find Dan's music.

The sheet music is available as a printed book, a downloadable PDF book and as individual downloadable pieces from Dan's website. This is a wonderful collection and I recommend it very highly!

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

Always - Key of F (1 flat)/ D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Uncharted Waters - Key of F# Minor (3 sharps) - 5 1/2 pages
O Shenandoah - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 1/2 pages
Turning Point - Key of E Minor (1 sharp)/ G Minor (2 flats)/ C Minor (3 flats) - 6 1/2 pages
Yesteryear - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 1/2 pages
Minuet - Key of Db (5 flats) - 5 pages
Uncertainty - Key of D Minor (1 flat) - 6 1/2 pages
Missing You - Key of D Minor (1 flat) - 4 pages
The Wishing Well - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 5 pages
Sacred Breath - Key of A Minor (0 sharps or flats) - 3 1/2 pages
Synchronicity - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 1/2 pages
Final Curtain - Key of F (1 flat) - 5 pages
Minuet - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
August 8, 2022
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