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Songbook Review: The 30 Most Requested Songs
David Nevue
Cover image of the songbook The 30 Most Requested Songs by David Nevue
The 30 Most Requested Songs
David Nevue
2020 / Midnight Rain Productions
151 pages / 30 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
David Nevue’s The 30 Most Requested Songs is a comprehensive collection of David’s most-requested music in his concerts. The piano solos come from ten of David’s albums (not counting his anthologies) and span the years 1995-2019. Even though most, if not all, of this sheet music has been available for a long time, either individually or in bundles, master transcriptionist Rebecca Oswald and I went through all of the pieces again as if they were new. Having taught a lot of David’s music to my piano students over the years, I knew there were errors and areas that needed to be cleaned up, so it was with great enthusiasm that we brought all of this music to as close to perfect as we could and as close to the original recordings as possible. Rebecca also reformatted each piece to have a consistent look with David’s more recent sheet music (a number of different transcriptionists put David’s music into sheet music form early on).

So, the bottom line here is that even if you have all of this sheet music, now it is in book form and freshly improved! The book is available form DavidNevue.com as a spiral-bound book and from Amazon with their own “perfect binding.” David sent me copies of the book with both bindings, and although the non-spiral-bound book is beautiful and the content is exactly the same, it is much more difficult to keep open on the piano. For the $5 difference, I would HIGHLY recommend the spiral-bound book. It will continue to look good after a lot of use, where the Amazon binding will need to be “tamed.” The spiral binding also reduces frustration at page turns. The individual pieces are also downloadable from David’s site.

In addition to the 30 songs, the book includes a note from David Nevue, a table of contents, the song titles sorted by the albums they came from, a forward (by me!) and a “David Nevue Fact Sheet.”A few of the pieces are quite easy and at an early-intermediate playing level. Most are upper-intermediate and a few are early-advanced. The scores include metronome settings, pedaling suggestions, and dynamics. Only a few have any repeated sections. Some include phrasing and most have the musical terms in English. It’s an excellent collection and I very highly recommend it to fans of David’s music and piano teachers for students of all ages.

The titles, the keys they are in and the number of pages are:

A Midnight Rain - Key of G minor (2 flats)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 6 pages
A Thousand Years and After - Key of B (5 sharps) - 3 pages
Ascending With Angels - Key of B minor (2 sharps) - 5 pages
Big Snow in Salzburg - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Broken - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 7 pages
Castle Hunting - Key of D (2 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
Eden Again - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 pages
Equilibrium - Key of C/ A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
Home - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
In God’s Hands - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
No More Tears - Key of B (5 sharps) - 4 pages
Open Sky - Key of D (2 sharps)/ E (5 sharps) - 6 pages
Overcome - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 4 pages
Psalm 77 - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 4 pages
Racing the Northern Lights - Key of Eb minor (6 flats)/ Eb (3 flats)/ F (1 flat) - 8 pages
Solitude - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 2 pages
Stargazing - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 5 pages
Sweet Dreams and Starlight - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 5 pages
Taking Flight - Key of B (5 sharps) - 4 pages
The Amazing Accordion Man - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
The Gift - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 3 pages
The Kindness of Strangers - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
The Vigil - Key of B minor (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Traveling Light - Key of G (1 sharp)/ E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
Treasure Falls - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 5 pages
When the Hard Rains Come - Key of Em (1 sharp) - 7 pages
While the Trees Sleep - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 5 pages
Winter Walk - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 4 pages
Wonderland - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 pages
Words Left Unsaid - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 6 pages
December 13, 2020
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