Songbook composed by Barbara Becker
Potpourri is an imaginative collection of ten showcase solos composed by Barbara Becker. Full of evocative harmonies and a variety of genres, this is a songbook intermediates of all ages will enjoy growing with.
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About the composer
Barbara Becker lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a pianist, composer, and teacher. Her pedagogically sound works, with their evocative titles and exquisite harmonies, expose developing musicians of all ages and levels to the wonders of music.
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