Early Praise for Home:
Binding: Spiral Bound
Paper: Heavier stock for easy turning
Physical Songbook Includes:
•All 12 songs from the matching album plus a solo version of "This Beautiful Life"
•Table of contents
Difficulty Level: Songs range from Advanced Beginner to Advanced Intermediate
•2 Advanced Beginner Songs
•8 Intermediate Songs
•3 Advanced Intermediate Songs
The duet version of "This Beautiful Life" is likely the most difficult piece, due at least in part, to its quick tempo and eighteen pages, but it is a much closer match to the recording than the solo version, which is simplified. However, the "primo" part of the duet is only one hand and the "secondo" part is fairly repetitive, so that makes it easier.
The songbook itself is beautifully laid-out and the scores are well-spaced and easy to read. The front and back covers are enlargements of the beautiful album artwork by Matt Strieby of New Leaf Design, and the book includes Michele's biography. It's a fun book to play through since the mood is mostly light-hearted and joyful. Michele's music is very easy to relate to, and I'm sure pianists at any age would enjoy working on these pieces. I was a piano teacher for 40 years, so when proof-reading sheet music, clarity and detail are always very important, and I can easily recommend this book to teachers looking for contemporary music for their students.
The songbook will be released on December 3, 2021, the same day as the recording, and is available for pre-release sales from www.MicheleMcLaughlin.com. The sheet music will be available as a spiral-bound printed book, a PDF download, and as individual pieces.
The song titles, the key(s) they are in, and the number of pages are:
A New Dream - Key of A minor / C major (0 sharps or flats) - 6 pages
Home - Key of C - 5 pages
In Perfect Harmony - Key of C minor (3 flats) - 5 pages
Joyful Mornings - Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Welcome - Key of D minor (1 flat) - 5 pages
Taking Root - Key of C minor/ Eb major (3 flats) - 4 pages
Hidden Acre - Key of C - 5 pages
If These Walls Could Talk - Key of G minor / Bb major (2 flats) - 7 pages
Together Again - Key of C - 5 pages
Anticipation - Key of C - 5 pages
Contentment - Key of F (1 flat) - 3 pages
This Beautiful Life (duet version) - Key of C - 18 pages
This Beautiful Life (solo version) - Key of C - 11 pages