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Songbook Review: Beyond Cloud Nine
Philip Wesley
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Beyond Cloud Nine
Philip Wesley
2016 / Autumn Music Productions
74 pages / 16 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Beyond Cloud Nine is the companion sheet music book for Philip Wesley’s 2016 recording by the same name. All sixteen pieces from the album are included, transcribed note-for-note from the piano parts of the orchestrated album. At least partly because the recorded music was orchestrated, the sheet music is somewhat easier than some of Wesley’s other songbooks. The solo piano versions sound somewhat different from the orchestrations, but since the piano is front and center on the recorded tracks, the differences are not dramatic and the sheet music sounds fine and is fun to play.

The songbook is spiral-bound and printed on a medium-weight paper stock that should last for years of usage. The covers are full-color reproductions of the album artwork and the sheet music itself is well-spaced and easy to read. Pedaling suggestions are included, as are the metronome settings. Phrasing is clearly marked. There are few, if any, reaches of more than an octave, and most of the timing is straight-forward and easy to count. A few pieces have somewhat challenging key signatures, but most are uncomplicated. Wesley’s music has frequent time signature changes, but that doesn’t make the music more difficult to learn. Pianists at an upper-intermediate playing level should be able to master most of these pieces. The sheet music for Beyond Cloud Nine is available exclusively from www.PhilipWesley.com and is available as a printed or downloadable book as well as individual PDF’s for each piece.

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

Falling For You - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 1/2 pages
Sweetest Dream - Key of D (2 sharps) - 2 pages
Firefly Light - Key of A (3 sharps) - 4 1/2 pages
Love’s Crush - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 5 pages
Beyond Cloud Nine - Key of D - 3 pages
Beneath the Same Sky - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Day We Met - Key of E (4 sharps) - 2 1/2 pages
In Your Eyes - Key of B (5 sharps) - 3 1/2 pages
Dreaming in Color - Key of Eb (3 flats)/ F minor - 5 1/2 pages
Summer Fields - Key of D - 3 1/2 pages
Push Pull - Key of Eb - 5 pages
Infinite - Key of E - 5 1/2 pages
December 8, 2016
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