Lorenz Sacred Piano Book Review

Lorenz contacted me recently and asked if I would do several sacred piano book reviews for them.  What perfect timing!  I had already spent several hours on their site in the past month…researching their intermediate and advanced sacred piano arrangements. As a church pianist, I’m always looking for fresh arrangements for me or my piano students.

Here’s the first book review of one of my favorite finds!

Get ready to experience a nice variety of arrangements from the following book.  This is a must have for the church pianist!

 “I Know Whom I Have Believed”

Compiled by David Sarandon

Published by Lorenz Publishing Company

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  I absolutely LOVE this collection of arrangements by various authors, providing a nice array of styles!  Special note: The arrangements seem more at an early advanced level rather than intermediate. (my opinion)

If you’re like me, you want to utilize the majority of a piano book before investing in it.  I would actually use most of these arrangements!  To me that’s exciting because I don’t come across many books like this.

So, I’m providing audio samples of the arrangements I would use.  “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is one of my favorite ones…simple… yet elegant! (would make an excellent guitar arrangement!)

Contents:

I Know Whom I Have Believed (arr. Lloyd Larson)

*Like this author just not this particular arrangement…it uses a little more syncopation than I’m comfortable with.

I Need Thee Every Hour (arr. Mary McDonald) 

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Grace Greater Than Our Sin (arr. Larry Shackley) 

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Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus (arr. Hugh Livingston, Jr.) 

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I Surrender All (arr. Lenny Seidel) 

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To God be the Glory (arr. Martha Kelsey) 

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Open My Eyes, That I May See (arr. Michael Wilson)

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Sweet Hour of Prayer with Just As I Am (arr. Janet Vogt)   

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus (arr. Martha Kelsey) 

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His Eye is on the Sparrow (arr. Edward Broughton) 

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2 Responses to “Lorenz Sacred Piano Book Review”

  1. Brandy Woods says:

    Hi Jenifer,

    Thank you so much for this review. I was also looking for some new arrangements to use in church, and this book looks perfect! It’s always a huge disappointment when I purchase a book and only end up using one or two pieces out of it; I think I’d easily be able to use all the arrangements found in this book.

    -Brandy

  2. Glenna says:

    I really appreciate your book review and offering a sample of each song. I, too, hate to order a book and then find out I only like just a couple of the songs. I really like playing your arrangements – I just played “I’d Rather Have Jesus” as an offertory and the people loved it. I hope you find time to keep writing more arrangements – have you ever thought about “In the Presence of Jehovah” or “My Tribute”. My favorite songs!! I look forward to more book reviews, and once again, your music is a blessing to me!!

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