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Songbook Review: All Through The Night
Pam Asberry
Cover image of the songbook All Through The Night by Pam Asberry
All Through The Night
Pam Asberry
2019 / Optimistic Flamingo Music
45 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
All Through The Night is the companion sheet music collection to Pam Asberry’s 2019 album by the same name. A collection of lullabies (four are original compositions and eight are original arrangements of classical pieces and traditional melodies from around the world), the music is soothing, tender and relaxing to play. Asberry did the transcriptions herself, ensuring that they are as she intended. The book is available as a spiral-bound hard-copy or as a download, and individual pieces can also be downloaded. Because the pieces are slow, open and uncluttered, they are not difficult to play. Most of them are also fairly short, so pianists at an intermediate to early-advanced level should be able to master most (if not all) of the twelve pieces without much difficulty. The straight-forward style of the music also encourages pianists to play with tonal color and to add their own personal expression, making it a very satisfying session at the piano.

The book includes a description of each piece and a short bio of Pam Asberry. The front and back covers are full-color reproductions of the album artwork. All but one of the scores has a metronome setting, and all have pedaling suggestions and plenty of dynamics. Asberry is a long-time piano teacher and her expertise is apparent. I have really enjoyed my time with this lovely songbook and highly recommend it for personal enjoyment and for teaching material. It is available from Pam's website.

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

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
All Through the Night - Key of E (4 sharps) - 3 pages
Siciliano - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 3 pages
Brahms’ Lullaby - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
All the Pretty Little Horses - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 3 pages
Sleepy Tide - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Bedtime Story - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 3 pages
Evening Prayer - Key of D (2 sharps) - 2 pages
The Sandman - Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Lullaby for Mackenzie - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
Abiyoyo - Key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
Reverie - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
November 11, 2019
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