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Songbook Review: Solo Piano Collection, Volume 3
Philip Wesley
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Solo Piano Collection, Volume 3
Philip Wesley
2012 / Autumn Music Productions
86 pages / 12 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Philip Wesley’s Solo Piano Collection, Volume 3 is a sheet music compilation with selections from five of Wesley’s recordings. There are two piano solos each from Hope Endures, Comfort and Joy, In a Lifetime, and Finding Solace, and four from Dark Night of the Soul. The book is spiral bound and has full-color covers front and back. The music is printed on a bright white medium-weight paper stock, and the notation is spacious, clear, and easy to read. Most of the pieces are at an upper-intermediate/early-advanced playing level, and more advanced fans of Wesley’s music should be able to play these pieces quite easily. Wesley’s arrangements of “Silent Night” and “We Three Kings” are included, as is his “Ode to a Composer,” which is based on the Pachelbel “Canon in D” - except that it’s in F! - so there are familiar pieces as well as Wesley’s original compositions. A few of the pieces have metronome settings, but none of them have phrasing. There are suggested pedalings for all twelve of the pieces. I have enjoyed playing all of this music and can easily recommend this book. Philip Wesley’s sheet music books and downloads are currently sold only from his website, and Solo Piano Collection, Volume 3 is available there as hard-copy books, PDF books, and individual pieces.

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

Leaving the Darkness Behind - Key of G minor (2 flats) / F minor (4 flats) - 7 pages
The Unknown - Key of E minor (1 sharp) / A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
Far and Away - Key of G minor - 15 pages
Into the Light - Key of E (4 sharps) - 10 pages
Lamentations of the Heart - Key of E minor - 7 pages
Two Souls - Key of C / A minor - 5 pages
Silent Night - Key of C - 7 pages
We Three Kings - Key of E minor - 7 pages
Ode to a Composer - Key of F (1 flat) - 6 pages
Pursuit of Passion - Key of F - 6 pages
The Awakening - Key of Db (5 flats) - 4 pages
The Long Goodbye - Key of Db - 3 pages
January 17, 2017
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