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Songbook Review: Natural Light
Louis Anthony deLise
Cover image of the songbook Natural Light by Louis Anthony deLise
Natural Light
Louis Anthony deLise
2019 / Metropolis Music Publishers
38 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Natural Light for Piano Solo is the companion sheet music book for Louis Anthony deLise’s 2019 album, Natural Light. The first version of the recording includes additional musicians on most of the tracks, but a solo piano version of the album will also be released. There are eleven pieces on the original recording, and there are twelve pieces in the songbook, so I assume that the twelfth piece (“Three Little Dancers”) will be included on the solo piano version. Slow, somewhat ambient, emotional and very beautiful, all twelve of the pieces in this book are a joy to play.

Published by Metropolis Music Publishers in Belgium, the scores are printed on a light cream-colored paper stock and the book binding is stapled. Since this is not a thick book, it stays open on the piano and page turns are easy. All of the scores are well-spaced and easy to read. Dynamics and expression are thoroughly notated and metronome settings are included. Several pieces have chords with a reach of a tenth, but some of those can shift a top or bottom note to the other hand or the chords can be rolled (or shortened). As noted below, most of these pieces are quite short and the key signatures are not difficult. This music is fairly easy to play, note-wise, but the deep beauty and emotional quality of each piece will be found in the expressive playing of each pianist. Because of this, these piano solos would make excellent teaching pieces for learning to play with feeling and tonal color. The songbook will be available wherever sheet music is sold and is now available from www.LouisAnthonyDeLise.com.

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

American Darkness: 11.9.16 - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 2 pages
Autumn Twilight - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 2 pages
…But Not Forgotten - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 1 1/2 pages
Early January - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 2 pages
…In the Edge of the Water - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 2 pages
Mosaic - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 2 pages
Natural Light - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
And Then She Was Gone - Key of Eb minor (6 flats) / Eb major (3 flats) - 3 pages
Spring Rain - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
Three Little Dancers - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 2 pages
Winter’s Chill - Key of C - 2 pages
Variations on Moonlight - Key of Eb (3 flats)/ C (0)/ Bb minor (5 flats) - 3 pages
June 25, 2019