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Songbook Review: Wanderings: The Best of David Nevue 2011-2020
David Nevue
Cover image of the songbook Wanderings: The Best of David Nevue 2011-2020 by David Nevue
Wanderings: The Best of David Nevue 2011-2020
David Nevue
2021 / Midnight Rain Productions
92 pages / 18 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Wanderings: The Best of David Nevue 2011-2020 is the companion sheet music book to David Nevue's recording by the same name. The pieces were chosen from four of David's albums: A Delicate Joy (2011), Open Sky (2013), Winding Down (2015), and In the Soft Light of Grace (2019). There are three pieces from Winding Down and five each from the other three albums. All of the pieces were reformatted to match David's other sheet music collections, and were also re-proofed to catch any previous errors and to match the recordings as closely as possible. None of these pieces are difficult, and I'd rank them as intermediate to early-advanced. It's a beautiful collection from cover to cover and well-suited for teaching material for piano teachers and their students. I have worked on many of these pieces with my own piano students, and they always love David's music!

The layout of the sheet music is roomy, clear and very easy to read. Metronome settings are included in the scores, as are pedaling suggestions. The music is printed on a bright white paper stock and the pages are easy to turn - especially with the spiral-bound books.

The Wanderings: The Best of David Nevue 2011-2020 songbook is available from David Nevue's website as a spiral-bound printed book as well as digitally as the full book or individual pieces. The printed books are also available from Amazon with their "on demand" printing and a binding that is not spiral-bound. The Amazon books are less expensive, but I think it's worth the extra expense to get the spiral-bound books because they stay open on the piano MUCH better and should last quite a bit longer. The songbooks also include a "David Nevue Fact Sheet." Highly recommended!

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

Open Sky - Key of D (2 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 6 pages
Walking In Trust - Key of B (5 sharps) - 4 1/2 pages
Down By the Sally Gardens - Key of E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
Winding Down - Key of C# minor /E major (4 sharps) - 5 pages
Jesu Joy Canon in D - Key of D (2 sharps) - 7 pages
At Last Light - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 3 pages
Stargazing - Key of Eb (3 flats) 4 1/2 pages
Out of Pain, Comes Beauty - Key of F# (6 sharps) - 4 pages
Forgotten Places - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
A Delicate Joy - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 pages
The Acceleration of Time - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
The Water Is Wide - Key of B (5 sharps) - 4 pages
In the Soft Light of Grace - Key of B (5 sharps) - 3 pages
Equilibrium - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
Hand in Hand - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
Dragonflies - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Traveling Light - Key of G/ E minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
A Thousand Years and After - Key of B (5 sharps) - 3 pages
December 6, 2021
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