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The Art Of Piano
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Contains the following 12 pieces:

1. Incantation
2. The Letter
3. Talavera
4. Resurgam
5. The Rhapsodist
6. The Return
7. Camille
8. Deliverance
9. The Messenger
10. Renaissance
11. Incognito
12. The Quest

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Hard, but worth it!!
If you loved "The Bell Carol" then this is perfect for your next piece.
This is an amazing piano book, I could not recommend it highly enough. Even though it will take long and many hours to learn these pieces, it is well worth the buy!!!
I myself am only on grade 6-7 AMEB and am struggling learning these pieces, but with time and practise I will be able to master even these, and they make a nice addition to anyones repertoire!!

(This review was in 100% honest)
— March 19, 2017 by Matthew Ardern (Terrigal, NSW, Australia)
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The Art of Piano songbook is the companion sheet music collection for David Hicken’s 2016 album by the same name. Best-described as classical cross-over, this collection is much more virtuosic than much of Hicken’s previous music. Big, showy, and a lot of fun to play, most of these pieces require some mastery of the piano as Hicken pulls out all of the stops to demonstrate the speed and agility of his impressive chops at the piano. Hicken is also a very accomplished organist, and some of these pieces reflect his love of Bach’s complex music and the contrapuntal style of the Baroque era. Most of the companion songbooks that I review are about 60-70 pages, but this one is a whopping 114 pages to accommodate the 36,000+ notes that Hicken claims lie between the covers (and I believe it!).

The book is spiral-bound and printed on a medium-weight bright white paper. My only complaint about the book is that there are a few places where the notes are so close that it’s nearly impossible to read the ledger lines. A handy pencil to mark what those notes are will help. There are also a few places where an 8va or 8vb would have helped. Again, a pencil near the piano can take care of any confusion. Pianists should know that there are quite a number of reaches of a tenth. Those chords and intervals can be rolled or shortened to fit hands that don’t reach that far (like mine!). So, if you love dramatic piano music that is fast, bold and very beautiful, check this book out! It is available exclusively from Very highly recommended!

The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:

Incantation - Key of E minor (1 sharp) / F minor (4 flats) - 13 pages
The Letter - Key of Bb minor (5 flats)/ B minor (2 sharps) - 12 pages
Talavera - Key of C minor (3 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps)/ D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
Resurham - Key of C minor (3 flats)/ F minor (4 flats)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ D minor (1 flat)/ Bb minor (5 flats)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
The Rhapsodist - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages
The Return - Key of Bb minor (5 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps) - 11 pages
Camille - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ Bb minor (5 flats)/ B minor (2 sharps)/ A# minor (7 sharps) - 8 pages
Deliverance - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ E minor (1 sharp) - 11 pages
The Messenger - Key of D minor (1 flat)/ D (2 sharps)/ G minor (2 flats) - 5 pages
Renaissance - Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats)/ C minor (3 flats)/ C# minor (4 sharps)/ D minor (1 flat) - 9 pages
Incognito - Key of F minor ( 4 flats)/ C minor (3 flats)/ F# minor (3 sharps)/. C# minor ( 4 sharps) - 8 pages
The Quest - Key of D (2 sharps)/ E (4 sharps) - 8 pages
— March 10, 2017 by Kathy Parsons (Orgeon)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Great book!!
I have been listening to your pieces for a year and I finally decided to buy your book. A really great book with a lot of fun and exciting pieces, I totally recommend for others to buy, 10/10!
— March 1, 2017 by Dani Krisdayadi (Singapore)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Exciting new piano music.
I purchased a pdf copy of this book about a week ago. As a pianist who loves classical music, I often long for something new in that realm that offers the same kind of musical depth – music that is current, that also captures something timeless. That is what I find in David Hicken’s compositions. His description of his music as “classical crossover” is a good characterization.

This is real music for pianists with some level of technical ability. It incorporates a lot of “classical” elements from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, but David brings them into the present with his own compositional style and shapes them with his own life experiences and passions.

The music in this book is exciting and heartfelt. From the sampling of pieces I’ve tried so far, they all have rich, interesting harmonic progressions. They all brim with energy. Most are very rhythmic with a lot of syncopation, some have sparkling melodic passages, some are full of power. They are all exciting and satisfying to play - the kind of music that keeps me awake at night while I'm learning it, because I can't get it out of my head. A very well spent $25, and I will definitely be looking forward to exploring more of David Hicken's music.
— August 21, 2016 by Michele (Medway, MA)
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