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Songbook Review: Transcend
Philip Wesley
Cover image of the songbook Transcend by Philip Wesley
Philip Wesley
2014 / Autumn Music Productions
81 pages / 13 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Transcend is the companion songbook to Philip Wesley’s 2014 solo piano album by the same name. All thirteen pieces are included, transcribed note-for-note to the recording. The notation is clear, roomy, and easy to read. Pedaling suggestions, expression and dynamics as well as metronome settings are all included, making it easier for the pianist to match the recordings as closely as possible. The paper stock is a bright white medium-weight and the book is spiral-bound, ensuring many years of playing enjoyment. The front and back covers are full-color versions of the beautiful recorded album artwork. Most of the pieces are on the slower side, and most of the rhythms are fairly straight-forward. I don’t remember any reaches of more than an octave, although most of the piano gets utilized. The last piece in the book, “Echoes Through Eternity,” requires reverb and delay to match the recording, but is still a very beautiful and enjoyable piece to play without the special effects. Pianists at an upper-intermediate and early-advanced playing level should find most of these pieces fairly easy to master. I really enjoyed playing this songbook cover to cover and recommend it to pianists of all ages who enjoy the expressive and very popular music of Philip Wesley. It is currently available exclusively from www.PhilipWesley.com.

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

Less Traveled - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 2 pages
Unbridled Spirit - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 11 pages
Transcend - Key of Bb minor (5 flats) - 6 pages
Captivated - Key of G minor (2 flats) - 10 pages
Distant Memory - Key of A minor - 5 pages
Moonlight & Jasmine- Key of D minor - 6 pages
The Chase - Key of Eb minor (6 flats) - 5 pages
Union - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 6 pages
Courage to Change - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 7 pages
Haunted Past - Key of B minor (2 sharps) - 5 pages
Wanderlust - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Gypsy - Key of C minor - 6 pages
Echoes Through Eternity - Key of E minor - 4 pages
December 12, 2016
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