Brian Kelly - Pools of Light Songbook

Pools of Light - Solo Piano Songbook

Brian Kelly

2011 / Skylight Music

12 songs / 88 pages

Brian Kelly’s Pools of Light solo piano songbook is a completely revised and expanded edition of the e-book that was published in 2006. Twelve of the thirteen tracks from the album are included (“Sacred Waters” is a percussion interlude that isn’t adaptable to the piano), transcribed by Kelly himself and arranged for solo piano; I helped with the editing. The Pools of Light recording is ensemble, so some of the parts for other instruments have been incorporated into the piano part to make the sheet music sound as close to the original recording as possible. Kelly also wrote four pages of performance notes to help the pianist understand his intentions and to note differences from the recording. Coming from the composer himself, these notes are invaluable!

Brian Kelly is an incredible pianist who is very fluent in jazz stylings, so his music is far from simple and would be beyond beginning and intermediate pianists’ capabilities. Some of the pieces include cadenzas that are complicated and require very nimble fingers. The jazz rhythms are complex (and a lot of fun!) and some of the pieces have difficult key signatures (noted below). Kelly has suggested fingering for some of the thornier passages and expression has been carefully indicated according to the CD. The book is printed on bright white paper with clear, crisp type, and is spiral bound. The spacing within the scores is roomy and easy to read, and the cover is a beautiful print of the album cover artwork on glossy stock, making this a very attractive book! If you are a pianist at an early advanced to advanced playing level, this book is great fun and very satisfying to play! It is available from,, and Amazon. I highly recommend it!

Below is a list of the pieces with the key signatures and number of pages:

Open Sky - Key of E major (4 sharps) - 6 pages

Pools of Light - Key of E - 6 pages

Cool Blue - Key of F minor (4 flats) - 9 pages

Unfolding - Key of A minor (no sharps or flats) - 10 pages

Expect a Miracle - Key of B major (5 sharps) - 4 pages

Troubadour - Key of F# minor (3 sharps) - 10 pages

Angels Breathing - Key of G# minor (5 sharps) - 4 pages

With Eyes Closed - Key of E minor (1 sharp) - 9 pages

Home at Last - Key of Db (5 flats) - 3 pages

Calling For Rain - Key of Gb (6 flats) - 6 pages

Speak Your Heart - Key of C# minor (4 sharps) - 5 pages

When the Stars Align - Key of Ab (4 flats) / B (5 sharps) - 6 pages

Kathy Parsons