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Book Review:Top 50 Movie and TV Classics: Easy Piano

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Once again, Alfred Publishing provides piano and keyboard players with an excellent selection of songs in easy arrangements by Dan Coates.

It is necessary to know that for this music book and other books from this publisher, “easy” does not mean “beginner.” These songs are for the player of at least average skill. They are not difficult but they are complex enough to impress one’s listeners and to be fun to play for the pianist.

Top 50 Movie and TV Classics features music from blockbuster movies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings and Disney films, as well as beloved TV Themes such as “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle,” “Those Were The Days,” from All in the Family,, and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Other favorite songs here include “As Time Goes By,” “Colors of the Wind,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” There’s the themes from “Batman” and “Superman,” and other songs you will recognize and enjoy playing for yourself and your friends.

You will be able to play “The James Bond Theme,” the theme from M*A*S*H, and “Movin’ On Up” from The Jeffersons.Imagine the fun and trivia opportunities at parties and family gatherings!

Some of the songs here have actually become more popular over time than the movies they were in, such as “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from Armagedden. Others were hits before they were in movies, such as “Don’t Stop Believin'” from Rock of Ages and “Dancing Queen” From Mamma Mia!

World-renowned film composers represented here include Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Howard Shore, and more.

These are just samples of the 50 varied selections here, ranging from epic themes to catchy tunes to rock classics and show themes.

50 Top Movie and TV Classics belongs in the collection of every pianist who plays for fun or for the entertainment of others.

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.