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Songbook Review: Solo Piano Collection, Volume 2
Philip Wesley
Cover image of the songbook Solo Piano Collection, Volume 2 by Philip Wesley
Solo Piano Collection, Volume 2
Philip Wesley
2012 / Autumn Music Productions
86 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Philip Wesley’s Solo Piano Collection, Volume 2 is a sheet music compilation with pieces from four of Wesley’s recordings. There are three pieces each from Finding Solace and In a Lifetime, two from Comfort and Joy, and four from Dark Night of the Soul. The printed books have full-color covers, front and back, and are spiral-bound - always a huge plus! The music is printed on a bright white medium-weight paper stock, and the notation is clear and roomy. Most of the pieces have metronome settings and suggested pedaling, but none of them have phrasing (it’s a common practice to leave the phrasing off these days, but it might be important to some piano teachers that the phrasing be marked.) The book also includes a short bio about Philip Wesley and his discography. It’s a very enjoyable book to play! Some of the pieces are fairly lengthy, and there are quite a few places where I would have suggested that 8va or 8vb be used instead of a multitude of leger lines, but keeping a pencil close to the piano will allow you to mark what those notes are. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down and playing through this book and whole-heartedly recommend it. Philip Wesley’s sheet music books and downloads are available exclusively from www.PhilipWesley.com.

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

Autumn Romance - Key of D (2 sharps) - 5 pages
Finding Solace - Key of Db (5 flats) - 5 pages
Still Waters Run Deep - Key of D - 9 pages
Friends - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 1/2 pages
In a Lifetime - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 5 pages
Sunday Evening Inspiration - Key of G (1 sharp) - 3 1/2 pages
Comfort and Joy - Key of F (1 flat) - 6 pages
Greensleeves / What Child Is This - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
Darkness Falls - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
New Day - Key of A (3 sharps) - 7 pages
Soul’s Lament - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 12 pages
Tears of the East - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
January 17, 2017