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Songbook Review: Re-Inventions
Robin Spielberg
Cover image of the songbook Re-Inventions by Robin Spielberg
Robin Spielberg
2021 / Spobs Music Inc.
72 pages / 15 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Re-Inventions: Classical Masterpieces Reimagined is the companion sheet music book to Robin Spielberg's 2020 album by the same name. Thirteen of the fifteen pieces are Robin's arrangements of well-known classics and the other two were recorded from the original sheet music (JS Bach's "Prelude in C" and the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"). Three of the pieces are duets - one for piano and cello ("Liebestraum") and two for piano and violin ("Melody in F" and "The Merry Widow Waltz"). I had to laugh at myself when I was playing through the book to review it because, as a longtime piano teacher, many of these pieces are so ingrained that it was hard to override the muscle memory to play them as arranged - an excellent sight-reading exercise! (The vast majority of the piano-playing population will NOT have this issue! I promise!)

The cover of the book is a creative take on the Schirmer classical sheet music covers (not a copy, but a "re-invention"!) and calls this collection "Robinizations of Musical Classics." None of the pieces are overly advanced, and pianists at an upper-intermediate and early-advanced playing level should have little or no trouble mastering them. The scores are well-spaced and easy to read, and are printed on a creamy white paper. The binding is stapled. Metronome settings are included, as is phrasing and ample dynamics. It's a beautiful collection and a lot of fun to play. The book also includes a two-page "About the Composer" with lots of interesting information about Robin's life and career.

The printed songbooks are available from RobinSpielberg.com and Amazon. PDF downloads and individual pieces are also available from Robin's website.

The titles of the pieces, the composers, the key(s) they are in and the number of pages are:

Sonata No. 16 in C Major (Reinvented) - Mozart - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) / G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Liebestraum (Reinvented) - Liszt - Key of G (1 sharp) - piano part 4 pages/ cello part 2 pages
Canon in D Major (Reinvented) - Pachelbel - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Melody in F (Reinvented) - Rubenstein - Key of F (1 flat) - piano part 5 pages/ violin part 1page
Of Foreign Lands and People (Reinvented) - Schumann - Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
The Skater's Waltz (Reinvented) - Waldteufel - Key of C (0 sharps or flats)/ A (3 sharps)/ D (2 sharps) - 6 pages
Prelude No. 1 in C Major - Bach - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 3 pages
The Blue Danube Waltz (Reinvented) - Strauss - Key of D (2 sharps)/ A (3 sharps)/ Bb (2 flats)/ G (1 sharp)/ F (1 flat) - 7 pages
Sonate (Moonlight) - Beethoven - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 3 pages
Berceuse (Reinvented) - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ F (1 flat) - 3 pages
The Merry Widow Waltz (Reinvented) - Lehar - Key of G (1 sharp) - piano part 5 pages/ violin part 2 pages
Lullaby (Reinvented) - Brahms - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 2 1/2 pages
Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66 (Reinvented) - Chopin - Key of G (1 sharp) - 1 1/2 pages
Sonata Pathetique - 2nd Movement (Reinvented) - Beethoven - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 3 pages
Standchen (Reinvented) - Schubert - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 3 1/2 pages
April 19, 2021
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