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Hymns Re-Harmonized - Keepsake Edition: Piano Solo (Sacred Folio) [Paperback]

By Carol Tornquist (Author)
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Following the popular format of the previous Hymns Re-Harmonized and More Hymns Re-Harmonized folios, Carol Tornquist delivers yet another treasure with this keepsake edition. Dressing traditional hymns with fresh new harmonies, the unique format is convenient for accompanists: the traditional hymn-style harmonization appears on the left hand pages, with optional instrumental transitions and last verse harmonization on the right. This incredible user-friendly resource is packed with 244 pages, including arrangements from both original folios plus 12 brand new bonus arrangements for a total of 110 well-known hymns! Chord symbols are used throughout to encourage improvisation - plus the optional addition of guitar/bass to the keyboard accompaniments. Also included is information on standard chord symbols used in contemporary instrumental music.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Word Music
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.75"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2006
Publisher   Word Music
Edition  Piano Solo Keep  
ISBN  1423420179  
ISBN13  9781423420170  
UPC  884088110437  

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More About Carol Tornquist

Carol Tornquist Carol Tornquist is a musician and arranger, who's specialty is creating user-friendly arrangements for church musicians.

Carol's arrangements typically feature fresh harmonies and chord progressions designed to enhance the worship experience for players and listeners alike. Carol includes chord symbols where appropriate. Always thinking of the musician, and how to make their lives easier, each title has its own distinctive COLOR COVER SHEET featuring skill level, approx. performance time, specific suggestions for use and complete arranger notes.

Carol Tornquist has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Alfred's Sacred Performer Collections
  2. Greatest Hits
  3. Music in Me
  4. Popular Praise
  5. Pure & Simple
  6. Sacred Performer Collections
  7. Sunday Morning Blend

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Music book review  Mar 22, 2010
This book is not what I was looking for, so I was a little disappointed. I play the piano for church, and I LOVE Carol Tornquist's arrangements of the oldies. This book is great, it just isn't what I expected. Doesn't have both hands written.
A great buy.  Nov 9, 2009
This book is a must have for any average to advanced piano player that enjoys hymns.
Nice Change for Old Hymns  Jun 12, 2009
This book is excellent for church pianists. Beautiful arrangements of old time favorites with the melody still very prominent. Easy to sing along with. For those just learning open voicings of 9th, 11th & 13th chords, this book is great for practice. I'm barely a level 4 and with a little practice of most of these hymns I can play. Spiral bound - don't you wish all piano books were! Well worth the cost.
Creative arrangements, but not for congregational singing  Mar 24, 2009
This book includes 110 traditional hymns. It is a combination of her three other volumes, plus a few extra hymns. On the left-hand page she gives the traditional score for each hymn, and on the right-hand page she gives her own "re-harmonization." Generally she uses minor and dissident chords to make each hymn sound unique. Some arrangements are better than others, but overall, I mostly use it to get ideas. I would never use her "rendition" for congregational singing, but it is fine for a prelude, postlude, offertory, or maybe for a special number.

I gave it three stars, but mostly that is because it isn't exactly my style. The re-harmonizations are more along the lines of modern music, while I prefer the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic Eras. I personally think money is better spent with one of Classical Hymns or Hymns with a Classical Touch for postludes and preludes.

A Nice addition to the book is the different resources in the back including modulations for most common keys.
Great resource for a church pianist  Mar 21, 2009
This book has a wide selection of hymns, and they are placed in alphabetical order which makes it easy to locate a piece without consulting the table of contents. Each hymn includes an intro, the standard hymnal version (with the words for the first verse), an optional bridge leading into the final verse, and a reharmonized arrangement intended to accompany the final verse of the hymn. There is also a section at the end of the book with suggestions for transitioning keys between hymns. This book has multiple uses for a church pianist. The standard hymnal version of each hymn is useful because it is written in larger print than in a hymnal, and it's easier to read both clefs without having all that verse text in between them. The intros are also more interesting than just playing the last few measures as is commonly done. The bridge plus alternate harmonization can be used for preludes or short offertories, etc. They are nicely arranged with a rich sound. However, if you intend to use these alternate arrangements for accompanying the final verse as the book suggests, you will need to determine if your church group and/or song leader is sufficiently musical to follow along. My experience is that the congregation can get lost during the bridge or trying to sing along when the pianist is playing in a higher octave than they are singing. If you have a good music leader who knows ahead of time what you are going to play, they will be able to lead the rest. But for myself, I stick to using these alternate arrangements for the preludes.

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