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How Sweet the Sound

Wendy Lynn Stevens sent me a copy of her new book of hymn arrangements, How Sweet the Sound,  and I have been enjoying them immensely for several weeks.

These elegant late intermediate piano solos have a peaceful, timeless quality and are appropriate to play for preludes offertory, and postludes. The 9 solos include Day of Arising, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, There is a Balm in Gilead, Thine Is the Glory, This Is My Father’s World, ‘Tis So Sweet, We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight. There is also a beautiful medley of How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds with Amazing Grace. I would not have thought to put those 2 hymns together, but it is a wonderful choice.

I have written before how well Wendy knows how to craft music. These artistically written solos are mostly reflective and peaceful in nature, but there is also a spirited version of Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said. These arrangements are perfect for both the accomplished church musician and a talented student to use in recitals or festivals. It is worth mentioning that these are not specifically teaching arrangements (there are no finger numbers) but this is a good choice for a student who aspires to be a church musician. They are also excellent for any student who will benefit in a  study of rubato and playing freely with imagination and artistry.

How Sweet the Sound is published by Augsburg Fortress. Contact Wendy if you are interested in purchasing this book from her website, or ask for it at your favorite music store.

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