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Songbook Review: Christmas Whisperings
Whisperings Solo Piano Radio
Cover image of the songbook Christmas Whisperings by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio
Christmas Whisperings
Whisperings Solo Piano Radio
2012 / SoloPianoChristmas.com
80 pages / 16 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
Christmas Whisperings is the companion songbook to the CD/download by the same name. The book includes all sixteen tracks from the album, which are Christmas favorites arranged and performed by sixteen artists from the Whisperings Solo Piano Radio group. The collection was compiled over several years at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio and was published by SoloPianoChristmas.com, a sister-station to Whisperings. This is a really nice collection that features a combination of sacred and secular carols that are true to the original melodies with some personal touches by each of the artists. None of the carols are overly difficult, although a few present some moderate challenges. Most pianists at an upper-intermediate level (and above) will have little trouble mastering most of these songs.

This beautiful book has a full color cover, with artwork by Matt Strieby of New Leaf Design. The book is printed on a sturdy paper stock and spiral bound so it will stay open on your piano even the first time you play from it. Each of the contributing artists submitted their own sheet music, so there is some variation in whether or not there are pedal marking, guitar chords, etc., but this should not present any problems for playing purposes. Christmas Whisperings is available from SoloPianoChristmas.com. Recommended!

The song titles, artists, the key the songs are in, and how many pages they are: Joy To the World - Michael Dulin - key of G (1 sharp)/Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
What Child Is This? - Gary Girouard - key of E minor (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Holly and the Ivy - Chad Lawson - key of G (1 sharp) - 4 pages
We Three Kings - David Nevue - key of E minor (1 sharp) - 7 pages
O Come Emmanuel - Joe Bongiorno - key of C minor (3 flats) - 4 pages
Good King Wenceslas - Joe Yamada - key of F (1 flat) - 5 pages
Carol of the Bells - Christine Brown - key of G minor (2 flats) - 6 pages
In the Bleak Midwinter - Doug Hammer - key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
O Holy Night - Joseph Akins - key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 6 pages
Away In a Manger - Tim Neumark - key of D (2 sharps)/ F (1 flat) - 4 pages
Little Drummer Boy - Michele McLaughlin - key of Gb (6 flats) - 6 pages
Deck The Halls - Brad Jacobsen - key of D (2 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 7 pages
I Wander - Wayne Gratz - key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Greg Maroney - key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
Pachelbel’s Canon - Louis Landon - key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
O Christmas Tree - Philip Wesley - key of G (1 sharp) - 7 pages
November 17, 2012
This songbook has been tagged as:
Holiday Songbooks
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