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Songbook Review: Wind Chimes
Greg Maroney
Cover image of the songbook Wind Chimes by Greg Maroney
Wind Chimes
Greg Maroney
2014 / Greg Maroney
132 pages / 15 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Greg Maroney is making huge inroads into getting all of his recorded music transcribed into sheet music form and making it available to pianists all over the world! I have been very happily along for the ride as proof-reader and editor and Greg’s sheet music is some of my favorite music to play and to teach my more advanced piano students. Transcribed by the composer himself, this music is very accurate, and any (very few) variations from the original recordings reflect how Greg plays the music now.

Wind Chimes is Greg’s latest sheet music release and contains all fourteen songs from the 2005 album plus a somewhat simplified version of “Along the Codorus.” The music is beautifully transcribed and the layout is clear and roomy. The book is spiral-bound, printed on bright white paper stock, and the front and back covers are full color reproductions of the artwork for the CD. Expression is clearly marked and metronome settings are included. A few of the pieces have difficult key signatures (see below), and most are at an upper-intermediate-advanced playing level. There is a variety of moods and playing styles in the music, making this book especially fun to sit and play through, revisiting some old favorites (“Breathe” and “Dancing Dogs”) and rediscovering some new ones (“Mountain Snow” and “Sanctuary Medley”). This is an excellent sheet music collection and I recommend it highly. It is available from gregmaroney.com.

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

Dance of the Imagination - Key of E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
Breathe - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 13 pages
Mountain Snow - Key of Gb (6 flats) - 12 pages
Dancing Dogs - Key of F (1 flat) - 7 pages
Sanctuary Medley - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 11 pages
Whispering Wind - Key of Ab (4 flats)/Db (5 flats) - 6 pages
1000 Cranes - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
Fern Grotto - Key of E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
Spring Breeze - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 8 pages
Haunting Beauty - F# (6 sharps) - 7 pages
Sailing to Atlantis - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 11 pages
Wind Chimes - Key of B (5 sharps) - 8 pages
Taking Wing - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 10 pages
Along the Codorus (Advanced) - Key of C# (7 sharps) - 8 pages
Along the Codorus (Intermediate) - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
February 23, 2014
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