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Songbook Review: Christmas at our House
Michael Dulin
Cover image of the songbook Christmas at our House by Michael Dulin
Christmas at our House
Michael Dulin
2012 / Equity Digital
81 pages / 11 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Christmas at our House is the companion songbook to Michael Dulin’s 2005 CD by the same name and contains all of the songs on the recording except the reprise of “O Come All Ye Faithful” that closes the album. This is a really beautiful book, with spiral binding, a full color cover that matches the CD, and nice crisp print. The music is well-spaced and clear, and the music is printed on a slightly heavier paper stock that should be very durable but does note interfere with page turns. If you are familiar with Michael’s music (and I have to assume you are if you’re reading this review!), you know that he’s one of the best pianists on the planet. And if you’ve played any of his sheet music, you know that it isn’t easy. This book is not an exception. Early-advanced and advanced pianists will find the music a bit challenging, but not impossible by any means. Giving the tricky passages some extra time and attention will make the pieces smooth out fairly quickly. These transcriptions (transcribed by Dulin himself, and edited and proofed by me) were intended to be as close to note-for-note to the recording as possible, so they will be challenging for most pianists. However, like so many great pieces of classical music, once you have them, you’ve accomplished something and will enjoy the music forever. This is an exceptional sheet music book and I give it my highest recommendation. It is available from www.michaeldulin.com.

The pieces included, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are listed as follows:

Deck the Halls - key of G (1 sharp) / Eb (3 flats) - 7 pages
O Come Emmanuel - key of F minor (4 flats) - 6 pages
Silent Night - key of C (0 sharps or flats) / D (2 sharps) -
7 pages
The First Noel - key of F (1 flat) / G (1 sharp) - 6 pages
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - key of Bb (2 flats) -
6 pages
Joy to the World - key of G (1 sharp) / Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
Mary’s Babe’s a-Sleeping* - key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 7 pages
O Come All Ye Faithful - key of F (1 flat) / Db (5 flats) -
6 pages
Away In a Manger - key of G (1 sharp) / Eb (3 flats) / Db (5
flats) - 9 pages
O Holy Night - key of C (0 sharps or flats) / Eb (3 flats) -
9 pages
We Three Kings - key of E minor (1 sharp) - 8 pages

*composed by Michael Dulin
December 4, 2012
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Holiday Songbooks
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