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Songbook Review: Piano Stories of The Little Prince
Milana Zilnik
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Piano Stories of The Little Prince
Milana Zilnik
2024 / Milana Zilnik and Artyom Tchebotaryov
48 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Milana Zilnik's Piano Stories of The Little Prince is a solo piano retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic book originally published in 1943. The companion songbook contains all twelve pieces from the album, transcribed by Milana and Artyom Tchebotaryov, and proof-read by me. The original book is a favorite from Milana's own childhood as well as one that she shared with her children. The incidents and characters from the book are lovingly interpreted (without words) in a variety of musical styles - something Milana is especially good at with her colorful playing, deeply emotional expression, and her exceptional understanding of many genres of music. When I proof-read the sheet music, I found it to be as fun and intriguing to play as it is to listen to!

The twelve pieces range from light-hearted and humorous to heart-breakingly sad to dark and mysterious - and more! Some of the music might invite you to add your own interpretation and style, and you can always refer to the recording to get an even better understanding of how Milana told these musical stories herself.

Although I had heard about The Little Prince when I was taking French classes in school, I had never read it. After I proofed the sheet music, I ordered a copy of the book and read it immediately. I think that says it all about how much I enjoyed my time with Piano Stories of The Little Prince!

The songbook will be available in a spiral-bound printed edition from Bandcamp on the release date of the album, August 2, 2024; both the songbook and the digital album can be pre-ordered there now. A non-spiral bound printed edition is available now from Amazon. Very highly recommended!

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

It's A Hat - Key of B minor (2 sharps)/ C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
The Little Prince - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
Asteroid B 612 - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 3 pages
Baobab Problem - Key of G minor (2 flats)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
Forty Four Sunsets - Key of G (1 sharp)/ F (1 flat)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 3 pages
Flowers Are So Contrary - Key of E (4 sharps)/ Db (5 flats) - 4 pages
Volcanoes For Cooking Breakfast - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 4 pages
Farewell To The Rose - Key of B minor (2 sharps) - 4 pages
King Of An Asteroid - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
Show Off - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 4 pages
A Drunkard - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 3 1/2 pages
The Business Man - Key of F (1 flat)/ C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
June 26, 2024
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