- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Publishing (4 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757937063
- ISBN-13: 978-0757937064
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.2 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Secret Garden Collection: Piano/Vocal/Chords Paperback – 4 Jan 2005
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The transcriptions are arranged by Rolf Lovland and sometimes vary slightly from the versions on the albums. However, the arrangements are easily recognizable and playable at an early intermediate to intermediate level. It also includes chords symbols, tempo markings, articulation and limited bowing cues.
Songs From a Secret Garden
-Nocturne (incl. Vocals); Song From a Secret Garden; Serenade to Spring; Papillon; Heartstrings; Adagio; Ode to Simplicity
-Hymn to Hope; Reflection; Sanctuary
Dawn of a New Century
-In Our Tears; Divertimento; Aquarell
Once in a Red Moon
-You Raise Me Up (incl. Vocals); The Promise; Belonging; Once in a Red Moon; Elegie
-Dreamcatcher (incl. Vocals); I've Dreamed of You (Vocal & Piano only)
Very good! I would highly recommend buying this. The songs are beautiful and not hard to play at all.
I am thrilled to be able to sit and stumble my way through such beautiful tunes. If you enjoy their CD's you will love owning this collection!
I cannot vouch for the violin parts since I don't play bowed instruments and don't understand all of the markings. In general, the piano arrangements seem workable and accurate. "The Promise" in particular was transcribed rather truthfully, which is fortunate for me since it's one of my favorite SG songs. However, they did butcher "Elegie" by removing many potential keyboard layerings and immediately kicking into the main melody theme. What remains is okay, but it is mediocre representation for a very complex and multilayered song.
I'm a little confused about the vocal portions. Why bother to include the Norwegian lyrics in "Nocturne" but completely remove the choral parts of "In Our Tears"? "Elegie" is also missing all indication of voices - not even a "hum line" remains. Secret Garden does relatively few vocal songs, but most of them are pure gold.
Furthermore, someone who has not had the distinct pleasure of listening to SG albums would be misled by looking at this book because there are no piano solo songs. Rolf and Fionnuala are NOT glued together at the hip, and these songs make it look like their songs are only about pianos and violins, not the brilliant combining of Celtic and Scandinavian styles or the fusion of classical, New Age, and contemplative instrumental genres.
I was puzzled by some of the song selections as well. While there are some SG fans who are also crazy about Barbra Streisand, I don't necessarily see the overlap, so why was it compulsory for "I've Dreamed of You" to be included? "Divertimento" was a surprising and pleasant inclusion, as was "Once in a Red Moon." I'm glad to see the original arrangement of "You Raise Me Up" finally in print, but why did the extremely-similar-in-melody precursor "Hymn to Hope" also make it here? There are many gems to be mined from the "White Stones" and "Dawn of a New Century" albums, almost none of which made the cut into this book. The "Sleepsong" from the recent "Earthsongs" album would also not have gone amiss and could have made a dynamo of a printed song.
3 stars might be a little harsh, so I give it 4 stars because I'm happy to finally see a sizable anthology of Secret Garden songs all in one affordable book. If you can't afford the full album songbooks, by all means buy this book! If you like early SG material from "Songs from a Secret Garden," by all means buy this book (heck, about half the album is included here!). If you like to have fun with music and don't care if it's a bit simplified from the recorded versions...well, you get the idea.