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Songbook Review: Heart To Hands
Philip Wesley
Cover image of the songbook Heart To Hands by Philip Wesley
Heart To Hands
Philip Wesley
2013 / Autumn Music Productions
91 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Heart to Hands songbook is the companion sheet music collection to Philip Wesley’s 2012 retrospective recording by the same name. This is a collection of twelve piano solos from recordings that date from 2002-2012: Finding Solace (2), In a Lifetime (3), Dark Night of the Soul (4), Comfort and Joy (1), and Hope Endures (3). (In case you think I can’t count, “Lamentations of the Heart” is from two albums, although the version in this book is the one from Dark Night of the Soul).

The book is spiral-bound and printed on a bright-white medium-weight paper. The covers are full-color reproductions of the CD cover artwork, and the notation is clear and easy to read. The pieces include metronome settings as well as plenty of expression and dynamics. Most of the pieces have pedaling suggestions and phrasing. None of the pieces are very difficult and a wide variety of moods are expressed in the music. These are good teaching pieces as well as music for pianists who simply enjoy Philip Wesley’s music. A biography and discography are in the back of the book. Wesley’s sheet music and songbooks are currently available exclusively from www.PhilipWesley.com. Recommended!

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

Lamentations of the Heart - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
Wings to Freedom - Key of E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
Light and Shadow - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 7 pages
Comfort and Joy - Key of F (1 flat) - 5 pages
Dark Night of the Soul - Key of E minor - 11 pages
At This Moment - Key of E/ G (1 sharp) - 6 pages
Leaving the Darkness Behind - Key of G minor (2 flats)/ F minor (4 flats) - 7 pages
Love Remembered - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
The Unknown - Key of E minor / A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
Equestrian Dream - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 8 pages
Racing Against the Sunset - Key of B minor (2 sharps)/ C minor (3 flats) - 9 1/2 pages
Second Chances - Key of Gb (6 flats) - 6 pages
January 2, 2017
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