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Back to Titanic
Back to Titanic
von Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
  Musiknoten
Preis: EUR 9,35

3.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as the first "Titanic" Piano Songbook, 30. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Back to Titanic (Musiknoten)
This sheet music collection is of course from James Cameron's "Titanic." Specifically, these songs are found on the second music CD that was released from that movie, "Back to Titanic."
I bought this book because from that second CD there was one particularly good piano solo, "The Portrait." However, I did not find it as enjoyable to play as I thought I would. In the other songbook from "Titanic" that was released is a piece entitled "Rose." That is very similar to "The Portrait" except that "Rose" is a lot more powerful and compelling. "The Portrait" requires a softer touch that what I prefer in piano music.
The other pieces were not as enjoyable as the first "Titanic" songbook (which, by the way, is the best book of soundtrack music, and it can easily be found by searching for its ISBN: 0793592240). A lot of the pieces in this second book are based on songs rather than the score.
Contents: AN IRISH PARTY IN THIRD CLASS * ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND * THE PORTRAIT * JACK DAWSON'S LUCK * A BUILDING PANIC * NEARER MY GOD TO THEE * COME JOSEPHINE, IN MY FLYING MACHINE * A SHORE NEVER REACHED * MY HEART WILL GO ON (LOVE THEME FROM TITANIC) * EPILOGUE * THE DEEP AND TIMELESS SEA
The "My Heart Will Go On" song is also in the first "Titanic" songbook. That is a piano/vocal/guitar piece, and I did not find it as enjoyable on the piano as the score music. The rest of the pieces are piano solos (with vocal music included for "Come Josephine"). One big plus in my mind for the book is that the publishers did not waste money on full-color inserts from the movie.
I recommend the other "Titanic" songbook first, and then this only to those who really like the music from the movie.


Titanic (Pvg)
Titanic (Pvg)
von Hal Leonard Publishing Compan
  Musiknoten
Preis: EUR 19,10

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best piano book based on a movie soundtrack, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Titanic (Pvg) (Musiknoten)
The pieces in this book are each some of the best movie music available for the piano. Each piece is masterfully arranged as a piano solo. The book itself contains seven piano pieces from the "Titanic" soundtrack plus the "My Heart Will Go On" song.
The contents are as follows: Never An Absolution * Southampton * Rose * "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch" * "Hard to Starboard" * Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave * Hymn to the Sea * My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from "Titanic").
My personal favorite is "Rose." It is an arrangement for the piano based on the theme song. It is one of the most beautiful piano pieces I have played on the piano, and it is perfect for the beginning to intermediate player. "Never an Absolution" and "Hymn to the Sea" are also very nice on the piano. I liked all the other pieces from the soundtrack. Some of them are definitely for intermediate level players, such as "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch" and "Hard to Starboard." The "My Heart Will Go On" song is the one selection that is for piano/vocal/guitar. It does not sound as well on the piano compared to the other pieces, especially "Rose." But, I'm sure its inclusion will be a plus especially for those who like the song. I personally liked the other songs which were specifically geared for the piano. They simply could not have been arranged better. I wish other movie soundtracks would release piano books of this caliber. I give this book my highest recommendation.


Liszt - Very Best for Piano
Liszt - Very Best for Piano
von John L. Haag
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,40

3.0 von 5 Sternen Not enough information on fingering the pieces, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Liszt - Very Best for Piano (Taschenbuch)
I bought this book because I have always found piano pieces by Liszt to be very challenging yet extremely rewarding. I thought that the number of pieces by him in the book was worth the price. However, I found that this book has crammed so many pieces in here that clarity is sacrificed too much. Many of the pieces are even more difficult to read than they already are. And, the worst part is that some of the pieces do not have fingering guides. An example of this is "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2." There are a few number guides for fingering scattered here and there, but none of them are essential. Now, if I remember my history correctly, Liszt wanted his pieces to be so difficult to play that only he really knew the best way to finger them (it goes something like that; believe me, I'm not that much of an expert on Liszt). I have a version of "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" elsewhere that has fingering to just about every note by Rafael Joseffy (and was published by G. Shirmer in 1902 originally). So I'm not sure if his fingering notations are themselves copyrighted (which would explain why they are not included in this book), but they are essential for playing the piece. "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" is itself what I consider to be one of the hardest piano pieces in the world to play. I myself have worked on it for well over 10 years (off an on). I can't imagine playing it without fingering notations.
I would only recommend this book for advanced piano players. And even for advanced players, I would recommend skipping "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" as presented here because it will likely lead to frustration (unless you're a flat-out genius).
[This book includes: By the Lake of Wallenstadt, Consolation No.'s 1-5, Dance of the Gnomes, Erl King, Etude No. 11, Etude in E, Farewell, Funeral Procession of Gondolas No.'s 1-2, Hungarian Rhapsody No.'s 2 and 6, La Regatta Venetiana, Liebestraum No.'s 1-3, Mephisto Waltz, Nocturne in B, Nuages Gris, Valse Melancolique, Valse Oubliee No. 1, and Waldesrauschen]


Jurassic Park: Piano Solos
Jurassic Park: Piano Solos
von John Williams
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,40

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great piano solos, 21. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Jurassic Park: Piano Solos (Taschenbuch)
This book has contains some excellent piano pieces. The contents are as follows: "Journey To The Island," "Theme From 'Jurassic Park'," "My Friend, The Brachiosaurus," "Remembering Petticoat Lane," "A Tree For My Bed," and "Welcome To Jurassic Park."
Three pieces use the music from the main theme: "Journey To The Island," "Theme From 'Jurassic Park'," and "Welcome To Jurassic Park." Incidentally, I found these three to be the most rewarding to play on the piano. "Journey To the Island" is my personal favorite and is magical to play.
I give this book four stars because I know it could have been much better. There's only 32 pages here, and of those pages only 25 of those are sheet music. The front of the book has photos from the movie which are superfluous. I have no idea why publishers put movie photos in soundtrack music books. I think people who buy such books are probably familiar enough already with the movie. The extra space could have been used for more music pieces instead. On the "Jurassic Park" soundtrack, 16 tracks are included. This book only has 6 of those in sheet music form, and generally speaking those 6 are the more mellow of the songs. I think it would have been interesting to include some action pieces like "The Raptor Attack."
The pieces are at least intermediate in the level of difficulty, but they are very rewarding to play on the piano (I will give the publisher some kudos for releasing this as a piano solo edition). I highly recommend this book for piano players who like the "Jurassic Park" theme music.


Evita-Musical Excerpts and Complete Libretto
Evita-Musical Excerpts and Complete Libretto
von Andrew Lloyd Webber
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,64

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good for those who enjoy musicals, 20. Juli 2000
I bought this book after seeing the movie "Evita." While I now see that there is a book relating to the movie (titled "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and with ISBN# of 0793578450--it's also offered by Amazon.com), I probably would have been more satisfied with that book rather than this one which is based on the musical "Evita."
High school choir students/teachers would probably get a lot out of this book. But for myself, just being a piano player, I did not enjoy it as much. The vocals are frequently not integrated into the melody. So, if you're playing these pieces on the piano for solo purposes, it is not as rewarding as it could have otherwise been. Consequently, some the pieces do not play all that well on the piano. The one exception is "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You." Its mellow pacing works out nicely for piano playing. A few of the others sound okay on the piano, such as "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," "Waltz For Eva And Che," and "She is a Diamond." However, I enjoyed the versions of these songs in the movie much better.
The song list in this book includes: "On This Night Of A Thousand Stars," "Eva, Beware Of The City," "Buenos Aires," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You," "Another Suitcase In Another Hall," "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," "High Flying, Adored," "Rainbow High," "And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)," "Waltz For Eva And Che," and "She Is A Diamond."
This book includes the complete lyrics to the musical. That is a big plus (so now I know what the crowd sings: "...de los tiranizados, de los descamisados, de los trabajadores, de la Argentina"). However, I wish the book had included all of the music from "Evita" rather than just selections. It would have made it that much better.
And, obviously this book was published before the "new song" from the movie came out, "You Must Love Me." Madonna said it herself that that was her favorite song from the movie. However, you can get that song if you purchase the songbook from the movie "Evita" (which I mentioned above).


How to Enter Screenplay Contests & Win!
How to Enter Screenplay Contests & Win!
von Erik Joseph
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Effective advice, but I would have liked more, 17. Juli 2000
For the price of this book, there isn't a lot of information presented here. But the author, Erik Joseph, does at least provide an overview of what to expect when entering a screenplay contest.
The first part of the book describes structuring. I was skeptical about this section in particular since I've seen some great screenwriting books devoted to this. And, the author doesn't really go much into structure but scratch the surface, relying on quotes to guide the novice screenwriter.
But Mr. Joseph does at least cover what the screenwriting contests consider standard formatting for screenplays. So I'd say his advice on formatting was effective and helpful.
As for the screenwriting contests themselves, Mr. Joseph provides a one page overview of 42 screenwriting competitions. This section could definitely have been condensed. I think about every screenwriting journal out there lists these contests frequently in their respective publications ("Creative Screenwriting," by the way, is my personal favorite of those publications).
Further along in the book are a few interviews. I always like interviews in screenwriting books, and I will sometimes buy a screenwriting book just for the interviews. However, these are very short and terse and could have been more effective (I guess not everyone can interview like Barbara Walters, so I'll cut the author SOME slack).
An excellent chapter (only two pages though) is entitled "Good Examples of Bad Screenwriting." It contains actual samples of bad writing in submitted entries. Examining those atrocities was very helpful. However, I thought the author could have expanded on these a little more or explained why he chose specific ones for inclusion (are these frequent mistakes? how can one best avoid them? what are good sources for further refinement of grammar?)
Overall, I will give "How to Enter Screenplay Contests & Win!" four stars because it is effective in its discussion of screenwriting contests. However, I would have liked more advice and a longer book (it's 170 pages; but a lot of the pages are partially blank). And the cover of the book was not up to par due to the advertising blurbs on it that were entirely superfluous ("over $3 million in guaranteed cash!" on the front cover; and "win millions of dollars with your movie idea!" on the back cover).
In short, I'd like to see a second edition of this book that is expanded upon. However, I do think the product as it stands now is effective in accurately describing screenwriting contests and motivating aspiring writers to enter them.


The Weekend Novelist
The Weekend Novelist
von Robert J. Ray
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A remarkable program, 15. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Weekend Novelist (Taschenbuch)
Robert J. Ray's "The Weekend Novelist" can help just about anyone realize their potential as a novelist. I don't think any of us out there can drop everything to become a professional novelist (unless you're born into wealth, I guess). We all have to work sometime. So, Mr. Ray puts together a program that will allow you to not only write a novel on the weekends but also write a novel with depth and meaning.
Before I read this book, I wrote lots of short stories and the start of a few novels. I used this book to turn some of my old ideas into the reality of a manuscript.
I felt myself getting bogged down at first by following his program of hashing out the details of the lives of the characters. But I quickly realized the commitment that is involved in writing a novel. It's important to develop meaningful characters/structure before you start writing.
Thanks, Mr. Ray! I highly recommend this book to any aspiring writer.


Space Shuttle Operator's Manual, Revised Edition
Space Shuttle Operator's Manual, Revised Edition
von Kerry Mark Joels
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A fun look at the space shuttle, 15. Juli 2000
I commend the person whose idea it was to come up with this book. It provides an overview of the space shuttle's systems as well as some of the tasks of the crew.
I enjoyed the book's fold out pages of the space shuttle control panels. The launch checklist and systems schematics were of particular interest for me as well.
While it's fun to look at every once and awhile, I would have liked more detail on the space shuttle systems. Also, while the book offers some explanations regarding individuals steps in the launch sequence, I would have liked more information on each step. I think the title, "The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual," is a tad bit ambitious since it's such a cursory look at the space shuttle. Nevertheless, I still consider it educational.
Overall, I think those who are interested in the space shuttle will get something out of this book.


Learning to Fly Helicopters (Practical Flying)
Learning to Fly Helicopters (Practical Flying)
von Padfield
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 23,03

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely worthless, 14. Juli 2000
I strongly urge anyone who has any rotory wing time not to buy this book. It is completely introductory in nature. The only usefulness might be for someone before they undergo rotary wing training to gain and understanding of what a rotary wing training program is about.
The back cover boasts that this book is "an ideal supplement to ground school training." But, it is not. There's nothing in this book you do not learn in pilot school. If you're looking for supplemental information, I would suggest "The Art and Science of Flying Helicopters." That is a book I would consider supplemental because it offers a different perspective on aerodynamics and maneuvers. But this "Learning to Fly Helicopters" book does not offer anything new. It does not offer a unique enough insight to justify it even having been published to begin with.


How to Write a Thesis 4E (ARCO's How to)
How to Write a Thesis 4E (ARCO's How to)
von Arco
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,55

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1.0 von 5 Sternen For a Research Paper, NOT a Thesis, 13. Juli 2000
The title of this book, "How to Write a Thesis," is so mislabeled, I think it's downright criminal. Rather than being about thesis writing, this book instructs the undergraduate how to write a research or term paper. Chapter One's title is, in fact, "So You Have a Research Paper to Write." I bought this to help me with a Master's thesis. That was a very bad mistake.
I don't even see much use for the undergraduate in this book. The good portion of the text is devoted to formatting. And, I seriously doubt any good professor would allow someone to format their paper from this.
Stay away from this one.


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