This whole new piano thing is leading to a lot of new music. As a teacher, I try to keep a good variety on hand for when a student needs some variation in the schedule. As a musician, I love to have music that sounds great and I am pretty much sit down and sight read. So yesterday it was back to the music store.
First up is Popular Christmas Hits by Dan Coates published by Alfred.
This book includes songs from Bethlehem Morning, Frosty the Snowman, and Growup Christmas List. It is very diverse. My favorite surprise is that it offers interesting key changes. When was the last time you saw 6 flats in a popular book?
For full disclosure on the next selection, I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I can’t wait until the Hobbit comes out next week. So when I saw The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy by Howard Shore for Piano and Voice, I knew it was for me.
Some of these songs are familiar right off the bat and others I had to search my memory for the correct scene. This book has interesting arrangements that are fairly close to the sound from the score.
I would recommend either one of these books to one my students of an advanced level.