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Due to its weight, this book is mailed via Priority Mail.
Contains the following 12 pieces:
2. The Letter
5. The Rhapsodist
6. The Return
9. The Messenger
12. The Quest
This product is the printed version of the Song Book. Looking for the downloadable PDF version instead? Click here.
“The Art of Piano” is an absolute gift to people who want to not only play beautiful, inspiring music but learn how music is put together as they play. Dry theory lessons suddenly come alive as you see the scales, arpeggios and chord progressions leap off the page … at the same time as reinforcing the benefit of practising scales and arpeggios on your instrument.
It’s a perfect accompaniment to David’s “Secrets to Better Piano Playing”. After 40 years of essentially sight-reading pieces until they sound merely “recognisable” (ouch!), I’ve discovered the delight of playing a section (and ultimately a piece) until I’m 100% comfortable with it … simply by following David’s methods and applying them to his amazingly versatile work. “Get it right the first time” (slowly; 3 x 3 x 3; bar by bar) really helps to master these challenging pieces quickly. And I’m not a professional pianist.
Yes, they are quite challenging and full of drive, which is great for strengthening weak little fingers. And there are some very tricky sections (especially for people with little hands), but they are interspersed with passages that simply flow off the fingers … very helpful for anyone who finds it difficult to attain that relaxation that is so critical to playing well! And oh so satisfying when those more advanced sections finally fall in to place, too. If you follow David’s advice, it may take less time than you would think!
I love the range of emotions that the pieces encompass. Interestingly, “The Quest” is the only piece written essentially in a major key. I love having such a jaunty piece in my repertoire. I can just see this confident little knight setting off on his quest, encountering a couple of obstacles, including a medieval court and maybe a love interest or two or on the way (?), but eventually picking up his spurs and getting back on the road to successfully fulfil his quest … and rest.
— March 22, 2017 by Cathie Lamont (Armidale, NSW, Australia)
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 www.DavidHicken.com. 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
Perfect for late intermediate to advanced pianists!
This style of music is just what I have been searching for! As a piano instructor, I realize that students need exposure to more than classical repertoire...and classical music simply does not resonate with every student. However, it can be difficult to find intermediate/advanced music that is not classical. This book offers the perfect solution! Music that is rhythmically/harmonically/melodically exciting...music that piano students may be more likely to WANT to learn to play than some of the traditional classics. Thank you for your amazing music!
— November 14, 2016 by Bethany Ford (New Cumberland, PA)
I just ordered this book and couldn't wait to get it in the mail. It came really fast and I am already enjoying it! The songs are so beautiful and a nice challenge. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting impressive, beautiful, and fun music to play. It gives you a sense of satisfaction learning each song. I can't wait to learn each piece! Thank you, David, for sharing your talent!
— September 9, 2016 by Rebecca Varney (Provo, Utah)
This book contains twelve of the most epic pieces written by David Hicken, the final result of more than a year of work ! All those pieces are complex and very difficult to learn and master, so the success is extremely rewarding !
The item is made with good quality paper and stay fully open when you play. A very good book that promess you hours of practice and a tremendous feeling of happiness when you will finally master a piece !
— August 17, 2016 by Maxime Dussubieux (Ennevelin, France)