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Songbook Review: The Essential Sheet Music Collection, Volume 2
George Skaroulis
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The Essential Sheet Music Collection, Volume 2
George Skaroulis
2009 / Evzone Music
24 pages / 6 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
I was really excited to hear that George Skaroulis had finally made some sheet music available, as I’ve been a big fan for many years and have wanted to be able to play some of his music for a very long time. Spiral-bound and expertly transcribed by Rebecca Oswald, both volumes are beautiful to look at as well as to play. Volume 2 contains six pieces from three of George’s CDs: “Hopes and Dreams” (one of my favorite Skaroulis pieces!), “Agape,” and “My New Friend” from Generations; “Sunset” and “Shenandoah” from Second Nature; and “Healing Waters” from Sanctuary. This music is relatively easy to play, and pianists of an upper-intermediate and early-advanced playing level should have no trouble mastering the music. There are not a lot of chords, and most of the reaches are an octave or less (because of the graceful style of the music, pianists with smaller hands can always roll or break any of the chords without interfering with the music). Most of the left hand parts are made up of eighth notes, which simplifies any timing challenges. Beautiful, soothing piano music is a wonderfully relaxing tool for the pianist and the listener alike, and George’s sheet music will provide many hours of peaceful enjoyment. Both volumes are available exclusively from George’s website, and both are available as hard copy books and digital downloads. Very highly recommended!
February 11, 2010
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