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Songbook Review: Many Branches
Lynn Tredeau
Cover image of the songbook Many Branches by Lynn Tredeau
Many Branches
Lynn Tredeau
2023 / Lynn Tredeau
44 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Many Branches songbook is the companion sheet music book for Lynn Tredeau's 2023 recording by the same name. All twelve piano solos from the album are included and were transcribed by the composer. The printed books are spiral-bound and printed on a medium-weight bright white paper. The layout is spacious and very easy to read. The songbooks are also available as PDF downloads from Lynn's website, as are individual pieces from the collection.

None of the twelve pieces are difficult or very long, making them suitable for an upper-intermediate playing level. A long-time piano teacher herself, Lynn's music is very suitable for teaching material for advancing students as well as for pianists who play for their own enjoyment. Most of the timing is very straight-forward and there are no reaches of more than an octave (except one in "On a Distant Hill" that I believe is a mistake). All twelve pieces are played at a relaxed tempo and are great for winding down a bit at the piano. Lynn's music tends to be peaceful and melodic, making it a great way to de-stress. The recording is also reviewed here on MainlyPiano.com. Recommended!

The titles of the pieces, the key(s) they are in, and the number of pages are:

Room With a View - Key of Eb (3 flats)/ G Minor (2 flats) - 3 pages
Sunshine Tomorrow - Key of G (1 sharp - 2 1/2 pages
On a Distant Hill - Key of F# Minor (3 sharps) - 4 pages
Sail Away - Key of E (4 sharps) - 2 1/2 pages
Moon Jellies - Key of A Minor (0 sharps or flats - 2 1/2 pages
Desert Rain - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
Envisaging - Key of F (1 flat) - 4 pages
Ilunabarra - Key of E (4 sharps) - 2 pages
Carousel - Key of A (3 sharps) - 3 1/2 pages
Shadows - Key of F Minor (4 flats) - 2 1/2 pages
Technicolor Blanket - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Morning's Promise - Key of E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
November 27, 2023
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