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Songbook Review: Memories
Ryan Stewart
Cover image of the songbook Memories by Ryan Stewart
Ryan Stewart
2015 / Ryan Stewart Music
96 pages / 15 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Memories is the companion sheet music book to Ryan Stewart’s 2015 Memories: Best of Solo Piano CD. All fifteen piano solos are included, transcribed by the composer himself and proofed by me. We made every effort to ensure that the sheet music matches the recordings as closely as possible. It’s a beautiful book with the songs printed on a medium-weight paper stock that will hold up to many years of playing while still allowing for easy page turns. The book is spiral-bound with full-color covers front and back. The notation is roomy and easy to read and includes pedaling suggestions, metronome settings, and specific dynamics and expression. The fifteen pieces range from an intermediate level to early-advanced. Ryan Stewart is an accomplished pianist, so not all of his sheet music is going to be easy, but none of it is overly difficult, either. The classical structure of Ryan’s sheet music makes it ideal for teaching piano students while the contemporary sound of his music will keep students interested. The book is available from RyanStewartMusic.com as an ebook or a printed book and I highly recommend it!

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

Reflections - Key of Eb (3 flats)/C (0 sharps or flats)/ D (2 sharps) - 8 1/2 pages
Memories - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
Our Story - Key of F (1 flat) - 7 pages
Under the Willow - Key of G# minor (5 sharps) - 5 1/2 pages
Carousel - Key of D (2 sharps) / Db (5 flats)/ C / Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Summer - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 7 1/2 pages
Autumn - Key of Db (5 flats) - 4 1/2 pages
Released - Key of Db - 3 1/2 pages
One Step Closer - Key of Ab (3 flats) - 6 1/2 pages
Eyes of a Child - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 1/2 pages
When We Met - Key of Eb (3 flats) / F# (6 sharps) - 8 pages
Garden of Souls - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 7 1/2 pages
A Beginning - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 5 pages
Butterflies - Key of G (1 sharp) / G minor (2 flats) - 5 1/2 pages
Equanimity - Key of Eb - 5 1/2 pages
December 20, 2015