Valentine Hill (single)
2024 / Hal Leonard
6 pages / 1 song
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Valentine Hill" is the sheet music for the title song from David Lanz's 2024 solo piano album by the same name. Two other pieces from the album have also been released as downloadable sheet music: "Winter Sonata" and "The Bittersweet," and all three pieces can be purchased from SheetMusicPlus.com and SheetMusicDirect.com. The music was inspired by a poem David wrote a few years ago that tells the story of the ups and downs of a relationship and how the more challenging times can make a relationship even stronger. Those feelings are vividly described in the music, which is sometimes quiet and dreamy and sometimes bolder and more powerful. It's a very expressive piece to play and could easily become a David Lanz classic.
I have always been a very big fan of David Lanz and his music, and his sheet music was always a very big part of my teaching repertoire with my piano students. This piece is not difficult and I would rate it at an upper-intermediate playing level. There are no reaches of more than an octave and the tempo is relaxed. It is composed in the keys of D minor (1 flat), Eb major (3 flats) and G minor (2 flats). The piece should appeal to students of any age, but I think it would appeal most to teens and adult students. Highly recommended!
February 9, 2024
(as David Lanz and Kristin Amarie) with Kristin Amarie