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Songbook Review: The Everlasting Light
Lynn Tredeau
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The Everlasting Light
Lynn Tredeau
2023 / Lynn Tredeau
46 pages / 11 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Everlasting Light is the companion solo piano songbook for Lynn Tredeau's 2023 album by the same name. The only difference in the content is that there are twelve songs on the album and eleven in the book. "Silver Bells" was not included in the songbooks themselves, but is included as a complementary PDF download when either the printed books or downloads are purchased. Lynn Tredeau's arrangements are smooth, graceful and mostly on the slow side, so they are very relaxing to play as well as to listen to. A longtime piano teacher herself, Lynn arranged Christmas music for her students every year, and her arrangements would make excellent teaching material - especially for recitals - as well as very enjoyable music for pianists from intermediate to early-advanced playing levels to play for their own pleasure, for get-togethers, church, etc.

The printed books are spiral-bound and printed on a bright white, medium-weight paper stock. The print is fairly large, well-spaced and very easy to read. Expression and dynamics are well-marked and phrasing and metronome settings are included. There are some timing issues on the left hand in "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," but otherwise, the pieces are very well-notated and the music is rewarding to play.

The Everlasting Light printed books and PDF downloads are available from Lynn's website. Individual pieces are also available to download there and some of the songs are available to download from SheetMusicPlus.com and SheetMusicDirect.com. Highly recommended!

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

O Tannenbaum - Key of A (3 sharps) - 3 pages
Away in a Manger - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 1/2 pages
O Little Town of Bethlehem - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 3 pages
Pines Dressed in Winter - Key of A (3 sharps) - 5 1/2 pages
The First Noel - Key of B Minor (2 sharps) - 3 1/2 pages
God Rest Yes Merry Gentlemen - Key of E Minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Toyland - Key of F# Minor (3 sharps) - 3 pages
Christmas Paper - Key of C# (7 sharps) - 5 pages
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Key of E Minor (1 sharp) - 2 1/2 pages
Joy to the World - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
November 25, 2023
This songbook has been tagged as:
Holiday SongbooksHoliday Songbooks 2023
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