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Songbook Review: Sailing to a Sunset (single)
Suzanne Herman
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Sailing to a Sunset (single)
Suzanne Herman
2023 / Suzanne Herman Music
1 song
Review by Kathy Parsons
"Sailing to a Sunset" is the companion solo piano sheet music for Suzanne Herman's recording (released as a single) by the same name. Smooth and dreamy, this piece beautifully describes the peaceful feeling of watching the sun as it gradually sets over and then into the ocean. Suzanne lives on the west coast of Florida, where amazing sunsets are an everyday occurrence and people never tire of watching them. The sheet music is flowing and graceful as it expresses the beauty of the experience.

"Sailing to a Sunset" is composed in the key of F minor (4 flats) and is relatively slow (Andantino), so it isn't difficult to play - I'd call it upper-intermediate to early-advanced. There are no reaches of more than an octave. Suzanne has included fingering for the trickier passages, which really helps! Dynamics, tempo changes , and phrasing are clearly marked, making this an excellent teaching piece for students of all ages (especially teens and adults) as well as music for personal enjoyment.

"Sailing to a Sunset" is available from Suzanne Herman's website as well as from SheetMusicPlus.com and SheetMusicDirect.com. The recording is also reviewed on MainlyPiano.com. Highly recommended!
June 2, 2023
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