Sweet By and By. (A Collection of Timeless Hymns for the Church Pianist). By Mary Mcdonald. For piano. Sacred. Moderately difficult. Published by Monarch Music (LO.70-1630M).
Dust off the upright and reminisce as you travel back in time with these ten cherished hymns from the heritage of our faith. Each setting is carefully crafted in a unique style that best represents the message of the hymn's text. Whether tender, flowing melodic lines or upbeat, gospel-style rhythmic tunes, pianists and congregations alike will enjoy the fresh spirit of each arrangement. This gifted composer's collection of these hymn favorites reflects her personal style and unique touch. Believing the text is the inspiration for the music, she has included the hymn writer's text prior to each arrangement. Take time to reflect on the words and let the music flow expressively from your hands, reminding us all why these are great hymns that will never grow old.
Church pianist for 30 years
Location: from South
February 27, 2012
Sweet By and By
This is a wonderful, very playable collection. A few years ago I bought a McDonald piano boom where the chords were so dense the pieces were very hard to play. This collection, on the other hand, is much more focused on melody, delightful key changes and sweet playable harmonies. You...
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