Well, with last month's weather it’s a bit difficult to side with Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication of an early spring. All the same, I think I’ll keep the thermostat up, a cup of hot tea by my side and enjoy a little more time indoors at the piano.
If you’re feeling the same way and need a new book or two to keep you going for this last winter stretch, here are a few options that may interest you.
Hal Leonard has recently released the perfect winter sheet solo for us Iowans. Flight of Freedom by Glenda Austin was inspired by watching a family of bald eagles make their home in Iowa during the winter months through live streaming video. Using rich ascending arpeggios and motifs, Austin creates a great piece in the key of D major for mid-intermediate players.
For those of you who can never decide between the classical and rock stations on your FM dial, you can now enjoy both at the same time! Bach ‘n’ Roll by Cherry Lane contains 20 challenging arrangements of contemporary pop classics as if composed by your favorite classical masters. Have you ever pondered what it would be like to put Freddie Mercury and Beethoven in a room, or Ravel, Lennon and McCartney? This book is a great way to unwind after a couple hours in the practice room.
If you’re looking for something a little more uplifting, you may enjoy two new advanced Sacred Performer books by Alfred Music Publishing. Mary K. Sallee has arranged eight medleys of timeless hymns that are available in Inspirational Hymn Medleys. Carefully chosen based on shared themes or texts, each piece is the right length for preludes and postludes. Also available is Our Great God, which contains 11 hymn arrangements by Rebecca Moore, a new addition to Alfred’s Sacred Performer lineup.
Whatever book ends up on your piano, enjoy the music you're making!