Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Christmas At Our House by Michael Dulin

I spent last night reading through a book of beautiful Christmas solos that I think you will enjoy! Christmas At Our House by Michael Dulin (Alberti Publishing) is a collection of early advanced pieces appropriate for recitals, Christmas parties, contemporary worship services, or just playing for pleasure.

Everyone loves playing and hearing Christmas carols, and my students are always motivated to practice these familiar favorites. Sometimes though, I must confess I get a little tired of the same old treatments of these pieces year after year. Dulin's beautiful arrangements breathe new life into "The First Noel," "Away In A Manger," "Silent Night," "Mary's Babe's A-Sleepin'," and "Joy To The World." Each piece is substantial at 6 or more pages, and would make a lovely addition to a Christmas recital, whether you assign it to a more advanced student or play it yourself.

The contemporary harmonies give these arrangements a fresh sound, and good high school players should find them appealing. I particularly like the fact that the virtuosic elements are incorporated organically, rather than sounding like a gratuitous opportunity to show off. Some of the challenges in these pieces include arpeggiated figures that span a tenth, hemiola, and cadenza-like runs.

Composer Michael Dulin studied piano performance at Birmingham-Southern College and at Julliard, and is an award-winning performer and composer. His work as a serious classical pianist informs these compositions. You can read his entire bio here.

If you'd like a copy of this book, I have good news! It's available as an ebook and you can purchase it at a 30% discount from Alberti Publishing by using this code at checkout:  MDN280. This makes the book slightly less than $5.60 - you can't beat that! The code is good through the end of December 2011.  In addition, you can enter a giveaway right here to win a free copy. Just follow the directions below to enter! Entries will close at midnight (EST) on Tuesday Nov. 29th, and I'll announce the winner Wednesday morning Nov. 30th. The winner will receive a link from Alberti Publishing to download a free copy of the ebook.

There are several ways to enter the giveaway, but leaving a comment on this post is the only mandatory one. You can earn additional entries by blogging about this giveaway, liking the Lowe Piano Studio facebook page, liking Alberti Publishing's facebook page, and tweeting about the giveaway. In fact, you can earn lots of entries by tweeting every day. The winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries. I hope you'll share this giveaway with your friends and followers! Good luck!

Note: I received a free copy of Christmas At Home in return for writing an honest review. I received no additional compensation.



27 comments:

Janelle said...

I would use this to sight-read through myself to get me into the Christmas spirit, and may assign songs for my students to perform at our Christmas Recital. I am especially interested in the arrangement of The First Noel

Nancy said...

I think my favorite carol is "O Come All Ye Faithful", but it's hard to choose. I would love to just play and enjoy these solos myself. My husband loves "new age" style piano music, so that description really caught my eye. Thanks!!

Heidi said...

I would love to try some of these out for my own enjoyment.

Cristina said...

My current favorite Christmas carol is a German one called "In der Nacht von Bethlehem" (which is obviously not in this book...). I'm looking for some new Christmas arrangements to play myself, in particular one to play at the Christmas party/recital I'm holding with my piano studio this year.

Leah@Home And Heartstrings said...

My favourite carol is "O Holy Night."
I would use this book for my own enjoyment first, then perhaps introduce it to my students. One can never have too much Christmas music!! :)

Mary T said...

I have so many favorite carols, its hard to choose just one...but if I must, it would be "Mary, Did you know?"

I would use the music for my own pleasure. I play to keep my fingers limber and to keep arthritis away.

Ada said...

Christmas time is one of the few times I actually sit down at the piano each year. I love sightreading my way through Christmas carols. I think I'd especially like Silent Night in this particular book.

Kathy said...

What's better than a good old Christmas book? I'd *heart* this book.

Ames said...

Of the Father's Love Begotten is a favorite

I would play these for family fun :)

Natalie Wickham said...

Sounds lovely! Music-wise, I really like God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.

Lexiquin said...

My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Holy Night" (I also really love "Joy to the World") Thanks for the giveaway.
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Kristin said...

The First Noel is my favorite!! I love the piano, and I love Christmas! Finding good piano solos for Christmas can be a challenge, and this book looks like it fits the bill!

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Mae said...

My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.
I love playing new age style piano solos, and I would love a new Christmas piece to learn this winter. =)

thanks for the giveaway!

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Beth said...

I'd probably play these in church during the Advent season.

natalie said...

Silent Night is my favorite. I'd use it to play the pieces on my keyboard:)

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Sassy said...

My favorite is Oh Holy Night. Such a great song. I would use this to experiment. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

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atara said...

Silent Night! I hope I win. STephanie
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Studio 88 said...

I love different arrangements. My favorite carol is O Holy Night

Judee @ gluten Free A-Z said...

I love all Christmas Carols especially Sileny Night. I am now following you and would love a follow back.

Springflowers2 said...

What child is this is my favorite. I would love to have this to play for my friends and family. Christmas songs are my favorite to play any time of the year.

Mercedes said...

My favorite is Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella. We play piano and sing songs all Christmas long at our house! I even painted the piano bright red!

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