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  • 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)
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This is a very good book and there are a lot of songs in here, which I was very pleased about. The biggest issue I have with it, however, is that there is also a violin part. If you know Secret Garden, you'll know that most of the melody is the violin part, so if you can't get someone to play with you, playing the piano part on it's own is quite boring. Both the piano and violin parts are pretty easy to play, so I quite like the challenge of playing the piano parts with one hand and the violin parts with the other, although I would have liked to have known it wasn't just Piano/Vocal/Chords. I'd also like to point out that some parts of some songs are missing. I'm not sure why that is but I'm quite disappointed about it.
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Some of the best Secret Garden pieces for piano, violin and vocal (includes lyrics).The violin and vocal parts are very close to the original tunes. The piano part makes a decent job to achieve the mood of the original tunes. However, the original tunes often use string orchestra, keyboard, bag pipe, ... so it's evident that the sound is different from the original one. Despite this I often happily play pieces from the album.
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HASH(0x8f79cdd4) out of 5 stars Journey to a Secret Garden 12 Dec. 2008
By Jonathan Thorne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection features piano, violin, and vocal arrangements of the mnost famous titles from Songs from a Secret Garden, White Stones, Dawn of a New Century, and Once in a Red Moon.
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
White Stones
-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
Additional Selections
-Dreamcatcher (incl. Vocals); I've Dreamed of You (Vocal & Piano only)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fad1e10) out of 5 stars I love this! 2 April 2009
By RyanB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Included are the exact sheet music used in the songs in the CDs. Another reviewer said that what is contained is different, but please know that that is not true.

Very good! I would highly recommend buying this. The songs are beautiful and not hard to play at all.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x900104f8) out of 5 stars music for the soul 30 Jan. 2010
By Michele H. Lacina - Published on Amazon.com
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I fell in love with Secret Garden after purchasing their first CD and the affair continues. When I spotted this collection for piano/violin I decided that even more poor skills in the piano couldn't overshadow the soul-stirring music and I was right. While some might find it difficult because the violin accompanist maintains the melody quite a bit, with a bit of adjustment you can have the piano keep the leads in most songs.

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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926c08e8) out of 5 stars No solo piano scores 29 Jun. 2011
By Charles E. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this because the description said piano vocal chords and I wanted to play piano versions of Secret Garden songs. This book only has piano accompaniment scores, not solo piano pieces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f8e79fc) out of 5 stars Far from perfect, but definitely a first step in bringing Secret Garden sheet music to the public 2 Dec. 2011
By Kathy-W - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled onto Secret Garden about ten years ago and have been eagerly awaiting sheet music for these songs. This is a smart buy for the Secret Garden fan who appreciates the music enough to play it with their own hands but who is not necessarily a pro musician. It's also an adequate alternative for the fan who can't pay $45 (!!!) to buy a songbook directly from the Norway Secret Garden folks (I can't make that dollar amount up - go check out the official Secret Garden website and you'll see what I mean).

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.
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