Notes from a Thankful Heart: Solos for the Advanced Pianist
Marilyn Ham has great arrangements - a lot of them are too long for offertories, etc., but I enjoy playing them. Again, I would like to see a sample of the music when ordering.
May 7, 2009
Excellent music book, has one of my favorite arrangements of "It Is Well" (starting with the Moonlight Sonata) and doesn't contain anything impossible like ten note stretches. Also have most of Marilynn Ham's other books and this one is falling apart because it has been used so much. Very good.
January 10, 2009
I knew I wouldn't be disappointed ordering another book of arrangements by Marilynn Ham -- even without seeing it first. I have another of her books, Ivory Exaltation, which I would also recommend. I've used it so much it's falling apart. Her arrangements are always "doable" -- you usually won't find impossible reaches of more than an octave which are difficult for most female hands. She has an ear for what sounds good, including transitioning from one key to the next or from one song to another. This volume includes Blessed Assurance, Fly Away Medley - I'll Fly Away, Goodby, World, Goodby; How Great Thou Art, It is Well With my Soul, a praise medley - For All the Saints, Immortal, Invisible, All Hail the Power, a children's medley - Chopsticks, Deep and Wide, Running Over, If You're Happy, I Am a "C",; a faith medley - A Shelter in the Time of Storm, How Firm a Foundation; a love medley - What Wondrous Love is This, The Love of God. "It is Well" starts out with an excerpt from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which is interesting. "How Great Thou Art" is the best arrangement I've ever had of the song. The "Friends" medley is also great. I haven't had time to play/learn the others yet but have no doubt they will be good!
April 13, 2008