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Songbook Review: Keepsakes In the Attic
Jeff Bjorck
Cover image of the songbook Keepsakes In the Attic by Jeff Bjorck
Keepsakes In the Attic
Jeff Bjorck
2016 / Pure Piano Music
74 pages / 13 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Keepsakes In the Attic is the companion paperback sheet music book and ebook for Jeff Bjorck’s 2016 solo piano album by the same name (the individual pieces from the album are also available as downloads). None of the pieces in this collection are overly difficult, and pianists at an upper-intermediate to early-advanced playing level (and above) should have no problems mastering this music. The scores were transcribed note-for-note by John Zechiel and proofed by me (Kathy Parsons) to ensure that the sheet music is as close to the recorded music as possible. The transcriptions include metronome settings, suggested pedaling, dynamics, and expression. The notation is well-spaced, spacious and easy to read. True to the theme of the album, most of the pieces are somewhat to very nostalgic and have an “old-timey” feeling to them. Some are very sentimental, some are quite classical, and some are lighter and more upbeat. Playing through the whole book makes for a very pleasant session at the piano, as there is a variety of moods and events expressed. My favorite in the collection is “Hearts Far Apart,” one of Bjorck’s most beautiful compositions. The printed books also include the stories behind the music. This excellent collection is available from www.purepiano.com and the printed books are also available from Amazon. Recommended!

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

Afternoon Reverie - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Returning Home - Key of G (1 sharp) - 6 pages
Mother’s Hymnal - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 5 pages
Grandad’s Rocker - Key of G/C - 5 pages
Unrequited - Key of G - 5 pages
Hearts Far Apart - Key of D (2 sharps) - 6 pages
Groom’s First Waltz - Key of F (1 flat) - 5 pages
Midnight in Moscow - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 7 pages
Hope in the Heartache - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara - Key of C/D - 5 pages
Playing Catch With Dad - Key of F - 6 pages
Justine of County Clare - Key of Eb (3 flats)/G - 6 pages
Nana’s Music Box - Key of C - 2 pages

Kathy Parsons
October 4, 2019
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