Sheet Music Reviews
14 songs / 100 pages
Lake Song is the companion solo piano songbook to Greg Maroney’s solo piano album by the same name. All fourteen pieces from the recording are included, transcribed by Maroney himself. I have had the honor and pleasure of proof-reading and editing all of Greg’s songbooks and can confirm that these are note-for-note transcriptions that are as close to matching the recordings as possible. Greg is an excellent pianist, so some of these pieces can be a bit of a challenge, but they are all very beautiful and fun to play. The biggest challenge is that several pieces are written in difficult key signatures (lots of sharps!), but other than that and some fast runs and a few stretches of a tenth, most upper intermediate and early-advanced pianists should be able to master these pieces with some diligent practice. (Do I sound like a piano teacher? I am!!) The books are spiral bound (YEA!!!), and the layout is roomy and easy to read. I like all of the songs in the book, but my favorites include “All Your Dreams Come True,” “Release,” “Night Stars,” “Call of the Loon,” and “Cramer’s Song.” I also really love “Breathe Revisited,” an updated arrangement of Greg’s most popular piece. This is a wonderful songbook that I very highly recommend. It is available from www.GregMaroney.com and Amazon. The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:
Lake Song - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 -pages
Misty Shores - Key of Db (5 flats) - 12 pages
All Your Dreams Come True - Key of Db (5 flats) - 6 pages
Gone - Key of B (5 sharps) - 7 pages
Sunrise - Key of E (4 sharps) - 5 pages
Release - Key of B (5 sharps) - 5 pages
Fairy Dance - Key of G (1 sharp) - 7 pages
Night Stars - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 9 pages
A New Beginning - Key of F# (6 sharps) - 6 pages
Call of the Loon - Key of D (2 sharps) - 6 pages
Godspeed - Kay of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Cramer’s Song - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 7 pages
The Lost Song - Key of Db (5 flats) - 5 pages
Breathe (Revisited) - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 13 pages
May 6, 2016
A Christmas Collection songbook is the companion sheet music to Greg Maroney’s 2011 recording by the same name. Greg’s songbooks are usually transcribed note-for-note (or very close to it!) to the recordings, but he wanted his Christmas sheet music to be playable for pianists at a more intermediate level. The transcriptions don’t vary much from the recording, but some of the timing was simplified a bit, some of the chords were shortened a little, etc. - minor adjustments like that. Greg kept most of his twenty arrangements straight-forward and traditional, although some of them have brief interludes that were most likely improvisations on the recording (included in the sheet music). This collection is perfect for pianists to play for their own enjoyment, church pianists, and anyone who wants a large number of Christmas songs in one book that are not overly challenging but sound great. Most of the pieces would also be excellent accompaniments for sing-alongs as well as solo piano performances.
As usual, Greg did the transcriptions and I worked closely with him with edits and suggestions. The notation is nice and roomy, clear, and very easy to read. The book is spiral-bound to stay open on the piano. Dynamics, metronome settings, and expression are all clearly marked. A couple of the pieces have chords that are the reach of a tenth, but those can be rolled or a note can be removed for smaller hands. This is a beautiful collection for pianists of all ages and is available from www.GregMaroney.com and Amazon. Recommended!!!
Carol of the Bells - key of G minor (2 flats) - 10 pages
Deck the Halls - key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming - key of F - 3 pages
Still, Still, Still - key of D (2 sharps) - 3 pages
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella - key of G (1 sharp) - 6 pages
Coventry Carol - key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
In the Bleak Midwinter - key of F - 3 pages
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
Angels We Have Heard On High - key of F - 3 pages
Good King Wenceslas - key of G - 3 pages
Away In a Manger - key of F /G - 3 pages
O Christmas Tree - key of F - 2 pages
We Three Kings of Orient Are - key of E minor (1 sharp) - 3 pages
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - key of G - 3 pages
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - key of E minor - 4 pages
The Holly and the Ivy - key of G - 3 pages
O Come, All Ye Faithful - key of G - 2 pages
What Child Is This - key of E minor - 6 pages
O Holy Night - key of C - 5 pages
Silent Night - key of Bb - 4 pages
15 songs / 84 pages
Coming Home is the companion songbook to Greg Maroney’s 2014 solo piano recording with the same name. All fifteen tracks from the recording are included. Greg did the transcriptions and I edited, getting the sheet music as close to the recorded versions as possible. One of the things I especially like about both the recording and the songbook is the variety of musical styles. From the more turbulent “After the Storm” to the gorgeous and heart-tugging “When It’s Gone” to the tender “Linda’s Smile” to the lively and playful “The Cat and the Cricket” and Greg’s haunting arrangement of “Shenandoah,” there is truly something for everyone here.
The book is spiral-bound (yay!!!) and has a full-color version of the beautiful album cover on the front and the original photo the cover came from on the back - a beautiful book inside and out! The layout is clear, roomy and easy to read and the music is well-marked with dynamics and metronome settings. If you’ve played Greg’s other books, you know that he likes to compose in key signatures with lots of sharps, but there are also plenty of songs in easier keys. There are a few chords with a reach of a ninth, but not many (pianists with smaller hands can roll those!). Several of the songs are at an upper-intermediate level and others are more advanced, offering students the instant gratification of being able to play some of the songs right away and growing into those that are more difficult. I think this is my favorite of Greg Maroney’s songbooks so far and I give it my highest recommendation! It is available from GregMaroney.com.
The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages for each song are:
Gentle Dawn - Key of D (2 sharps) - 4 pages
Where The Heart Is - Key of B (5 sharps) - 9 pages
The Heart Is Enough - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
After the Storm - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 7 pages
Coming Home - Key of E (4 sharps) - 5 pages
Returning - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
Dreams - Key of B (5 sharps) - 7 pages
Spinning - Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
When It’s Gone - Key of F# minor - 7 pages
Honeysuckle - Key of G (1 sharp) - 4 pages
A Different Sky - Key of E (4 sharps) - 5 pages
Reflections - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Linda’s Smile - Key of A (3 sharps) - 5 pages
The Cat and the Cricket - Key of B (5 sharps) - 5 pages
Shenandoah - Key of D (2 sharps) & Eb (3 flats) - 5 pages
15 songs / 132 pages
Greg Maroney is making huge inroads into getting all of his recorded music transcribed into sheet music form and making it available to pianists all over the world! I have been very happily along for the ride as proof-reader and editor and Greg’s sheet music is some of my favorite music to play and to teach my more advanced piano students. Transcribed by the composer himself, this music is very accurate, and any (very few) variations from the original recordings reflect how Greg plays the music now.
Wind Chimes is Greg’s latest sheet music release and contains all fourteen songs from the 2005 album plus a somewhat simplified version of “Along the Codorus.” The music is beautifully transcribed and the layout is clear and roomy. The book is spiral-bound, printed on bright white paper stock, and the front and back covers are full color reproductions of the artwork for the CD. Expression is clearly marked and metronome settings are included. A few of the pieces have difficult key signatures (see below), and most are at an upper-intermediate-advanced playing level. There is a variety of moods and playing styles in the music, making this book especially fun to sit and play through, revisiting some old favorites (“Breathe” and “Dancing Dogs”) and rediscovering some new ones (“Mountain Snow” and “Sanctuary Medley”). This is an excellent sheet music collection and I recommend it highly. It is available from www.GregMaroney.com.
The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are listed below:
Dance of the Imagination - Key of E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
Breathe - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 13 pages
Mountain Snow - Key of Gb (6 flats) - 12 pages
Dancing Dogs - Key of F (1 flat) - 7 pages
Sanctuary Medley - Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 11 pages
Whispering Wind - Key of Ab (4 flats)/Db (5 flats) - 6 pages
1000 Cranes - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
Fern Grotto - Key of E (4 sharps) - 4 pages
Spring Breeze - Key of Eb (3 flats) - 8 pages
Haunting Beauty - F# (6 sharps) - 7 pages
Sailing to Atlantis - Key of Bb (2 flats) - 11 pages
Wind Chimes - Key of B (5 sharps) - 8 pages
Taking Wing - Key of Ab (4 flats) - 10 pages
Along the Codorus (Advanced) - Key of C# (7 sharps) -
Along the Codorus (Intermediate) - Key of C (0 sharps or
flats) - 8 pages
13 songs / 88 pages
Hope Resides is the companion sheet music book to Greg Maroney’s 2013 release by the same name. Dedicated to Jean (Greg’s mother-in-law) and the other 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer's, this book contains note-for-note transcriptions of some of Greg’s best music to date. I really like that this collection contains some of Greg’s more turbulent music as well as his tender pieces. Sometimes playful and sometimes darker and more stormy, there is music with a wide variety of moods and playing styles. The transcriptions were done by the composer himself, and I edited and proofed. Greg is an outstanding pianist as well as composer, so these pieces are not for beginners, but pianists at an upper-intermediate to advanced playing level will find much to love about this book.
The transcriptions are clear, roomy and easy to read. Metronome settings, dynamics, and expression are also clearly notated to match the recording as closely as possible, while allowing room for each pianist’s own interpretation and emotional expression. The book is spiral-bound to stay open on the piano and insures that the book will last a long time. Available from www.GregMaroney.com and Amazon, I give this songbook my highest recommendation.
Below is a list of the song titles, what key each piece is in, and how many pages they are:
Hope Resides - key of Eb (3 flats) - 6 pages
Narcissus - key of B (5 sharps) - 6 pages
Against the Tide - key of C minor (3 flats) - 13 pages
In the Moment - key of C / Eb (3 flats) - 4 pages
Love Song - key of Ab (4 flats) - 6 pages
Hurry Home - key of A (3 sharps) - 7 pages
Waiting - key of C minor - 4 pages
Into the Fray - key of Bb minor (5 flats) - 7 pages
Kaleidoscope - key of Eb (3 flats) - 5 pages
Windswept - key of B - 8 pages
For Jean - key of C - 5 pages
Lullaby - key of G (1 sharp) - 6 pages
The Reluctant Ballerina Revisited - key of Eb - 8 pages
15 songs / 107 pages
The Spectrum of Love is the companion sheet music book to Greg Maroney’s 2011 CD release by the same name. The project began as a collection of love songs dedicated to Greg’s wife, Linda. In the process of composing the music, Greg was struck by the many facets of love we encounter in our lives. The varied spectrum of those loves each brought to mind a different song. The songbook has been transcribed and edited to be as close to note-for-note accurate to the recording as possible. Maroney is an amazing pianist, so some of these pieces are somewhat challenging. Upper intermediate to early advanced pianists should be able to handle any of these songs without a problem, but I would not call any of this music easy. There are a few reaches of more than an octave, but not many. Some of the key signatures are more challenging than others, but if you like sharps, you’ll be in heaven! (The key signatures and the number of pages for each piece are listed below.) Most of the timing is straight-forward, but there are some challenges there, too. Dynamics and expression are provided, as are the metronome settings. Playing the music is a lot of fun, and because of the emotional nature of the music, pianists will enjoy adding their own expression and interpretation of the music. The songbook is available from www.gregmaroney.com and Amazon. Highly recommended!
Song titles, key signatures, and number of pages:
Before I Forget - Ab/F minor (4 flats) - 7 pages
Hand in Hand - C (0 sharps or flats) - 8 pages
The Spectrum of Love - F/ D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
Amber Glow - Bb (2 flats) - 5 pages
Saved by a Passing Moment - B minor (2 sharps) - 8 pages
Many Happy Returns - D (2 sharps) - 7 pages
Once in a Lifetime - D minor (1 flat) - 6 pages
The Indigo Years - B (5 sharps) - 5 pages
Rainbow’s End - F (1 flat) - 4 pages
Diamond Days - B (5 sharps) - 6 pages
The Greatest is Love - G# minor (5 sharps) - 5 pages
Moonrise - A (3 sharps) - 6 pages
Even Still and Forever - E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
Missing You - B minor (2 sharps) - 10 pages
Be Still My Soul - D (2 sharps) - 7 pages
The publication of Greg Maroney’s A Select Collection is definitely a sheet music event! Containing all 57 original pieces that Greg has transcribed through mid-2011, this collection is huge at 446 pages! Spiral-bound, transcribed by the composer, and lovingly proofed by his biggest fan (me!), this is the definitive collection of Greg’s compositions to date. Four of the songs appear in their original keys as well as easier versions for less-advanced pianists. Since it is natural for music to evolve over time, Greg made a few changes to some of the pieces as he transcribed them to reflect how he plays those pieces now, but most are note-for-note transcriptions. The notation is clear and concise, the spacing is roomy, and the music is easy to read. There is something for pianists at intermediate levels on up through advanced, with some of the pieces slow and uncomplicated and others quite complex and dramatic. This outstanding collection is available from www.gregmaroney.com.
11 pieces/ 89 pages
The Journey songbook is the companion sheet music collection to Greg Maroney’s 2010 CD release by the same name. Most of the eleven pieces have been transcribed note-for-note and a few have small changes for clarity and playability (I know this because I proofed the sheet music). The pieces appear in the book in the same order that they appear on the CD, so it is possible to achieve the same seamless flow of the album at your own piano.
Maroney is an amazing pianist, so this is not the easiest sheet music out there, but none of the music is impossibly difficult either. A few of the pieces would be playable for an upper-intermediate player, but most are more early-advanced to advanced. There is a nice range of key signatures from A minor (no sharps or flats) to F# major (six sharps) with just about everything in between. There are a few reaches of more than an octave, but pianists with smaller hands can always roll those chords or shorten them (there are not enough of these to present a problem). The transcriptions have a nice, roomy layout with very clear notes and lots of white background, making them easy to read and understand quickly. Dynamics and expression are clearly marked, and a few tricky passages have fingering. There are one-page samples of each of the pieces on Maroney’s website (www.GregMaroney.com), and those will give you a very clear idea of what to expect. The length of the pieces ranges from five pages to fourteen.
I have been a big fan of Greg’s music for a lot of years, and have taught many of his pieces to my advancing students. It is such a pleasure to sit for an hour or so playing his music and discovering how he plays the pieces himself. Greg’s sheet music is available from his website, and I recommend it very highly!
The Garden Gate is the companion sheet music book to Greg Maroney’s 2009 CD by the same name. Greg did the transcriptions himself (and I edited), so these are the sheet music versions right from the composer’s own hands! Because of the improvisations and changes made during performance, not all of these pieces are note-for-note the same as the recording, but they are very close. There are thirteen tracks on the CD and the book contains fifteen pieces because Greg was kind enough to offer simplified versions of “Romance” and “Fall,” which are both in C#; the intermediate versions are in C. Maroney is an amazing pianist, so these pieces are not simple, but they are not impossibly advanced, either. Pianists with early-advanced skills should be able to master all of these pieces without much trouble.
None of the pieces in this collection have the powerful dramatic impact of “Elementals” or “Nature’s Fury,” but there are a variety of styles and ranges of expression that are a lot of fun to play. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the entire book last night, and know that this collection will bring other pianists many, many hours of pleasure and years of enjoyment. The book is spiral bound and has a beautiful reproduction of the artwork from the CD on the cover. The music notation is clear, clean, and roomy, making it easy to read. Expression is noted and metronome indications are given. This is an excellent sheet music collection, and I recommend it highly! It is available from www.gregmaroney.com and Amazon.