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Songbook Review: Adoration (2020 revision)
David Nevue
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Adoration (2020 revision)
David Nevue
2020 / Midnight Rain Productions
72 pages / 15 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
David Nevue’s first sheet music book, Adoration, was originally published in 2007 and is the companion sheet music book to his solo piano recording by the same name (also released in 2007). The whole songbook was recently revised (2019) by David, Rebecca Oswald (transcription) and Kathy Parsons (proofing) in order to format all of David’s sheet music consistently and to correct and clarify some areas that needed revision. Everything else is the same. Here is an excerpt from my original review:

Adoration contains all fifteen hymns and praise songs from the 2007 CD release by the same name, and all fifteen have been transcribed to match the CD exactly (I know - I did the proofing!). So many collections of hymns and praise songs are arranged with a vocalist or choir in mind, so it’s fantastic to have these songs arranged strictly for solo piano. Suitable for church pianists or for your own personal enjoyment, these pieces are mostly at an intermediate/early advanced playing level. Some have rhythms that are a bit unpredictable, but if you are familiar with Nevue’s other sheet music, there won’t be many surprises. Most of the left hand parts are single notes or octaves rather than chords, and I don’t think there are any reaches of more than an octave on either hand. The layout of the pieces is roomy and user-friendly, and the notation is crisp, clear, and very easy to read….The book also includes a ‘fact sheet’ about David and a foreword by a piano teacher who has been successfully teaching David’s music for years (me again!). This a beautiful and a very practical book, and I recommend it very highly!”

The spiral bound book and downloads of the individual songs are available from DavidNevue.com. The book with a “perfect” binding is available from Amazon.

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

Prelude: There Is a Fountain - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 1 1/2 pages
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
My Jesus, I Love Thee - Key of F (1 flat) - 5 1/2 pages
Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
I Surrender All - Key of D (2 sharps) - 2 pages
Fairest Lord Jesus - Key of E (4 sharps) - 7 1/2 pages
Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 2 pages
Amazing Grace - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 1/2 pages
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
Be Still My Soul - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 1/2 pages
How Great Thou Art - Key of A (3 sharps) - 3 pages
’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus - Key of E (4 sharps) - 4 1/2 pages
Just As I Am - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 Pages
Lord, I’m Coming Home - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 pages
Doxology: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow - Key of F (1 flat) - 4 pages
June 4, 2020
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