News & Views Monday, December 22, 2014

College Tubists! 31 October, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Tuba Technique Books
AL28604 – 43 Bel Canto Studies – Bordogni
AL28596 – 70 Studies Book 1 – Blazhevich
AL28597 – 70 Studies Book 2 – Blazhevich
AL28601 – 60 Selected Studies – Kopprasch
48001043 – 40 Advanced Studies – Tyrell
15662 – Low Etudes for Tuba – Snedecor
AL28599 – 24 Melodious Etudes – Vasiliev

Top Selling Tuba Solo Literature
50282070 – Honor and Arms – Handel/Harvey
35022071 – Suite for Tuba – Haddad
BWI00074 – His Majesty the Tuba – Dowling
W1647 – Air and Bouree – J. S. Bach/Bell
03774666 – Introduction and Dance – Barat/Smith
W1133 – Beelzebub – Catozzi/Seredy
49005060 – Sonata – Hindemith
35020961 – Sonata #3 in A Minor – Vivaldi/Morris
03775123 – Sonata #1 in F Major – Marcello/Little

Famous & Fun… 30 October, 2013

Piano teachers and parents!  Now that your students/children are back into lessons , there will be opportunities to introduce new and fun collections to play.

Alfred’s Famous & Fun series has a new set of Famous & Fun books-Famous & Fun Rock.So far, there are Books 1, 2 and 3.  Another set of Famous & Fun books is the Pop Christmas series, which goes up to a level 5.  It may not be too early to get the Christmas books.  These tend to fly off the shelves!   For more information about other popular or Christmas books for piano, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

The Best New Christmas Titles for High School Band 29 October, 2013

You’ve made it to the end of October, and (hopefully) the end of marching band season, so the annual quest for new sheet music for Christmas/winter concerts begins.  As always, there are a lot of familiar titles and treatments to sort through in the search for something unique, and, of course, everyone’s needs vary.  Our band staff suggests giving a listen to the following titles.  We found them to be unique, enjoyable, and worthwhile additions to your music library.  For more selections, visit the Christmas and Winter Holiday section of our concert band page – there you will find titles organized by difficulty, seasonal concert collections, and specialty titles (arrangements with narrator, choir, sing-alongs, and Chanukah titles).  If you teach beginning or middle school band, be sure to check out our recommendations for new young band Christmas titles, as well.

Ancient Carol Variants
Chris M. Bernotas
Grade 3.5
This delightful holiday arrangement brings a fresh and exciting treatment to one of the most ancient of holiday carols, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Beginning with a fantasy on the main theme, it explores variations in march style and mixed-meter with contemporary harmonies for a unique and distinctive holiday treat.

Angels Sing
Bill Calhoun
Grade 3
In this symphonic mix of two familiar Christmas carols, Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, both themes are seamlessly woven together to create a holiday montage brimming with spirit and musicality.  Thematic fragments are passed throughout all the voices, and tempo and meter changes add stylistic interest.

Hark! The Herald Angels Swing
arr. Chris Sharp
Grade 3
This spectacular and unique jazz arrangement pays tribute to the great Dave Brubeck. Showcasing a comfortable multi-meter jazz feel, the music gives a contemporary edge to the classic carol.

Joy to the Season
Sean O’Loughlin
Grade 4
This exciting holiday overture for the mature concert band opens with a joyous tapestry of sounds reminiscent of Pines of Rome, and explores a wide range of tonalities and stylistic modes as it interweaves the holiday standards Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Pat-a-pan, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and Joy to the World.

Advent for Organ 28 October, 2013

This year, 2013, Advent begins on December the first.  Be ready for the first joyous Sunday of the Christmas holiday with beautiful organ music for your church’s services.  “Four Organ Pieces for Advent and Christmas“, arranged by Charles Callahan, contains 2 postludes and 2 preludes. The tunes include Wachet Auf, In dulci jubilo,  Cranham, and three more.  Robert Lau has arranged ” O Come, Emmanuel“, six well known Advent melodies for the season, including “The Angel Gabriel” and “Prepare the Way, O Zion”.  “Four Advent Hymn Preludes, set 2“, arranged by Wilbur Held, includes “Creator of the Stars of Night”,  and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”  “Carols Before, Carols After“, compiled by Kris Krapff,  has eight pieces for Advent, including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”,  and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”.   There are more collections for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on our website, http://www.stantons.com. Or check out our organ website, organmusiconly.com.  Many of the organ selections have sound files so you can hear examples of different titles.  Email us at keyboard@stantons.com to inquire further. We have a large selection of music for the season.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

College Violists! 25 October, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Viola Technique Books
O2659X – Foundation Studies Book 1 – Wohlfahrt/Aiqouni/Pine
O2660 – Foundation Studies Book 2 – Wohlfahrt/Aiqouni
O2921 – Scale System – Flesch/Karman
2058 – 60 Studies Op. 45 Book 1 – Wohlfahrt/Vieland
2359 – 60 Studies Op. 45 Book 2 – Wohlfahrt/Vieland
976 – 42 Studies – Kreutzer/Pagels
50262330 – Scale Studies – Hrimaly/Mogill
50261380 – School of Technic for Viola Book 1 – Schraidieck/Lifschey
50262570 – Etudes Speciales Op 36 Book 1 – Mazas/Mogill
50262250 – 36 Studies Op. 20 – Kayser/Mogill

Top Selling Viola Solo Literature
401 – Concerto in G Major – Telemann/Katims
50407910 – Concerto in C Minor – J. C. Bach/Casadesus
1075 – Concerto in D Major – Hoffmeister/Doktor
320 – Sonata in A Minor (Arpeggione) – Schubert/Katims
50286260 – Meditation and Processional – Bloch
7489 – Six Suites (originally for cello) – J. S. Bach/Rowland-Jones
50286080 – Suite Hebraique – Bloch
2057 – Two Sonatas (C & G) – B. Marcello/Vieland
3248 – Concerto in D Major Op. 1 – Stamitz/Katims
50560211 – Concerto in B Minor – Handel/Casadesus

In Tribute & Remembrance: New Concert Band Repertoire 24 October, 2013

Concert works that create an atmosphere of reflection, capture moments in history, or draw on past memories provide poignancy and moments of powerful programming.  Our second feature of new titles for high school concert band moves from remembering the simplicity of childhood, to the joy and kindness of the human spirit, to moments of loss and inspiration, including a tribute to President John F. Kennedy.  Visit our Stanton’s Staff Selections category for more concert band sheet music recommendations from our staff.


Ask Not: A Musical Tribute to JFK

James Swearingen
Grade 3
A glimpse of American history is unveiled in this stunning work that musically reflects the life and times of our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.   Through the use of a narrator, a wealth of information is provided that the audience will find fascinating and informative, bringing music and history together to create an educational and inspirational event.

A Childhood Remembered
Rossano Galante
Grade 4
This light, lyrical composition captures youth and innocence through the eyes of a child. Playful melodic lines interspersed with more lyrical, lush sonorities will take audiences back to that simple time of their own childhood.

Commemoration Overture
Robert Sheldon
Grade 3
Fanfares and majestic themes provide a noble character to this commemorative piece, while soaring lines and heartfelt harmonies lend moments of lyricism.

Endless Rainbows
Brian Balmages
Grade 3
This heartfelt, lyrical work juxtaposes the theme of loss with an ever-present sense of uplifting joy. Very cinematic in nature, this emotional rollercoaster moves through passages of solitude and tranquility into moments of epic power from darkness into light. It seeks to epitomize an endless rainbow that will forever illuminate the skies as far as the eye can see.

A Kind and Gentle Soul
James Swearingen
Grade 3
Yet another powerful and expressive composition from the pen of this gifted composer.  Highly reflective in nature, this emotional work is scored to evoke the many lives touched by acts of kindness, and the wish that they could be the norm rather than the exception.

Jingle, Jingle Swing! 23 October, 2013

Feature your elementary choir this winter with one of these great octavos, as featured on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller:

Blizzard on the Way! by Jay Althouse
A 100% chance of precipitation equals a 100% chance of anticipation…that school will be closed! Your 2-part choirs will “dig in” when singing this driving, disco, wintertime hit.

The Christmas Clock arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Incorporating the tune of “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and telling a clever tale about a clock that runs only in the month of December, your young singers will enjoy counting down the days, minutes and hours until Christmas! Incredibly cute!

Jingle, Jingle Swing! arr. Ruth Morris Gray
This one is full of holiday fun! The familiar “Jingle Bells” text and tune are incorporated into this festive partner-style original. Add some jazzy swing to your holiday performance…and don’t forget the bells!

A Merry, Merry Christmas to You! by Douglas E. Wagner
Good wishes are sung to all in this festive offering that creatively incorporates the familiar “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Accessible ranges and easy counterpoint make this seasonal winner a snap to learn and a joy to perform.

For more holiday suggestions for your young choir, please contact us!

1 Month Until the New Band Music Reading Clinic 22 October, 2013

Band Directors~

We’re one month away!  Marching season is almost over, and concert band season just around the corner.  To make selecting new music and concert programming easier, the band staff at Stanton’s Sheet Music would like to invite you to join us for the 12th Annual New Band Music Reading Clinic at Capital University on November 22 & 23, 2013.  This is a wonderful opportunity to preview the best new music at all levels for concert band performed live by actual students, connect with colleagues, and make use of the expertise of our band staff.

We look forward to seeing you next month!

Kent, Dan, Ben, Kris, & Ken
Stanton’s Band Department

Reading Clinic Details:
Mark your calendar:  November 22 & 23, 2013 at Capital University
Registration:  You may pre-register via the Director Application or register on-site
Price:  Free

Reading Clinic Highlights:
- Hear the best new concert band music performed live by actual students
- Wind Band Invitational Honors Band featuring guest conductor, composer, and educator Richard Saucedo
- New Music Reading Band under the direction of Barry Kopetz and James Swearingen
- Performance by the Capital University Symphonic Winds – November 22 at 8:00 p.m.
- Two guest band performances including the Gahanna Lincoln Freshman Band under the direction of Rob Cebriak
- Participate in the Directors’ Reading Band

Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship 21 October, 2013

Band Directors~

If you’re looking for an alternative to Book 3 of your method series*, or wanting a new band technique and warm-up book for either middle or high school, give Tradition of Excellence: Technique & Musicianship by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin a look.

An excellent source for developing well-rounded musicians, Technique & Musicianship is designed as a follow-up to any second level band method.  Comprehensive in scope, it features scales, thirds, and arpeggios; technique and articulation exercises; melodious etudes; excerpts from the classical repertoire; and full-band chorales in 16 major and minor keys.  Emphasis is placed on specific musicianship skills with options for students at various levels of ability allowing for differentiated instruction.

Whether used in a full-band setting or private lessons, Technique & Musicianship is sure to improve technical ability and enhance artistic sensitivity, and is quickly becoming a popular companion to Kjos’ best-selling Foundations for Superior Performance.

To see the variety of band warm-up and technique books available, visit our concert band page, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

*Technique & Musicianship is Book 3 for those using the Tradition of Excellence band method.

College Violinists! 18 October, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Violin Technique Books
O5188 – Scale System – Flesch
O2465X – Foundation Studies for the Violin Book 1 – Wohlfahrt/Aiqouni/Pine
O2466X – Foundation Studies for the Violin Book 2 – Wohlfahrt/Aiqouni/Pine
50256580 – 60 Studies Op. 45 Book 1 – Wohlfahrt
50256590 – 60 Studies Op. 45 Book 2 – Wohlfahrt
50256600 – Scale Studies – Hrimaly
50327290 – Melodious Double Stops Book 1 – Trott
2073 – 42 Studies – Kreutzer/Galamian
8010X – Scales for Advanced Violinists – Barber
50255250 – Etudes Speciales Op. 36 Book 1 – Mazas/Hermann

Top Selling Violin Solo Repertoire
50260250 – Concerto #3 in G K213 – Mozart/Franko
2525 – 6 Sonatas and Partitas – J. S. Bach/Galamian
1598 – Concerto #1 in A Minor – J. S. Bach/Galamian
50256870 – Concerto in A Minor – Accolay/Schill
50485535 – Four Season (Complete) – Vivaldi
48002954 – Roumanian Folk Dances – Bartok
B1678 – Csardas – Monti/Czerwonky
F1042 – Preludium and Allegro – Kreisler
865 – Concerto #1 in G minor Op. 26 – Bruch/Francescatti
L846 – 6 Sonatas – Handel/Auer & Friedberg

New Elementary Christmas Musicals and Collections! 17 October, 2013

Are you looking for a new Christmas musical to perform with your students this year? Try one of these brand new publications for elementary school!

Arf! on the Housetop
Singing children, howling puppies and the one and only Santa Claus make a great combination for a holiday show. The local pound is overcrowded and in an uproar. Someone has eaten Buster Bulldog’s supper, Harold Hound Dog can’t get any sleep, and there’s no room at all to run and play. See how one family’s trip to the pound on Christmas Eve makes dreams come true for these canine characters and children around the world. With a message of sharing, caring and plenty of canine humor, this holiday musical features five original songs and easy-to-learn rhyming dialog with over 30 speaking parts.

Crazy Christmas
Everything’s wild at the North Pole this time of year! Join the fun as Santa, the elves, the reindeer, and all of your students go crazy for Christmas! Program these nine songs individually, as a concert set, or as a simply staged 30-minute holiday program (using the optional script featuring 40 narrators). Includes complete choreography (also available for free online)! Recommended for grades 1-5.

Lights! Camera! Christmas!
We’re makin’ a movie about the one and only Santa Claus – but what style of movie fits the greatest elfin hero of all time? Thanks to a little help from Cecil B. DeGrille, Alfred Pitchfork, Steven Reelberg and a few other illustrious filmmakers, a young group of aspiring directors experience movie-making like never before, from Epic Extravaganza and Film Noir to Spaghetti Western and Super-hero-adventure film. This musical offers options for a simple or elaborate production, including the choice of two endings and suggestions for producing your very own movie. We’ll even show you how! Either way – it will be a blockbuster! This 40-minute musical features six original songs and connecting script with over 50 speaking parts.

Together at Christmas
This wonderful collection of partner songs pairs traditional Christmas carols with original songs by Jill Gallina. Perfect for your holiday concert or Christmas pageant, these delightful songs are sure to engage singers and audiences alike!Songs include: “Carol of the Angels;” “Only a Manger;” “O Little Town;” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing;” “Little Star;” “On a Starlit Night.”

A World of Christmas
Let’s celebrate the holidays around the world! After a joyous title song, your students will then enjoy presenting traditional songs and carols from 15 different countries. The optional script (10 narrators per song) describes the seasonal customs and traditions that occur in each country during the holiday season. Why not travel the globe this Christmas? This is an excellent choice for schools—and church youth groups, too.

For more suggestions for Christmas, email us or call 1-800-426-8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Sacred Piano Music for Thanksgiving 16 October, 2013

It’s never too early to begin considering what to play on Thanksgiving Sunday.  “A Month of Sundays, Thanksgiving and Praise“  is  arranged by Jan Sanborn,  and has  a prelude,  an offertory and a  postlude already planned out for four services. These fresh and unique arrangements are for a more advanced player.  Cindy Berry has arranged a collection of sacred piano pieces called “What Can I Play On Sunday?”, Book 6: November and December Services.  The ten solos in this collection are on an intermediate level, are easy to prepare, and include solos for All Saints Day through Christmas.  For the younger player who plays on the elementary level, there is a suite of four hymns for piano called “Thanksgiving Scene” by Patricia Craig.  For more information about these sacred piano collections or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Great New Concert Pieces for Developing Band 15 October, 2013

The staff at Stanton’s Sheet Music is known for making really good recommendations of new music – titles that are worth teaching and adding to your library, fun to sing and play, and that will keep your audience engaged and interested.  That is what our promotions are all about; sifting through the hundreds of new titles released each year so that we can suggest the best of them, and save you valuable time.  This is also why we write our own descriptions for the titles we suggest.  Our band staff is excited about the following new pieces that offer great music teaching and programming opportunities for your developing band.

Bridges
Alan Lee Silva
Grade 1.5
A mix of regal, Americana tone and staccato dance-like articulations combined with short motifs passed through the ensemble, Bridges is reminiscent of mid-20th century American classical composition – think Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man meets his Appalachian Spring plus. An enjoyable listen, contrasts in articulation, rhythm, tempo changes, orchestration, and style of playing will help your band grow by leaps and bounds.

Epic
Larry Clark
Grade 1.5
Epic is full of contrasts – staccato rhythmic playing vs. legato counterlines; full driving unison in the winds vs. more delicate melodic lines; thunderous percussion vs. light mallets; plenty of dynamics; and call and response between the winds and percussion. Although a fairly simple work, there is plenty to work on with your developing band.

Passage of Arms
Jack Wild
Grade 1.5
Full of intensity, adventure, and excitement this depiction of knights during the Middle Ages will really begin pushing your ensemble – counterlines and 8th note scale figures are passed between sections, rhythmic independence and counting are a must in the full ensemble passages, articulation varies (accented, legato, staccato, tongued 8th notes), with driving percussion throughout.

Elation
Sean O’Loughlin
Grade 2
Aptly titled, Elation is a celebratory, pulsing overture full of 8th note patterns, syncopations, and rhythmic punctuations! The interesting, contemporary harmonies, and subtle shifts in the composition along with a minor key middle section are sure to hold audience interest and will make it plenty of fun to play!

Columbus Day 14 October, 2013

Happy Columbus Day! There are lots of special activities planned around Columbus Day here in his namesake city, and Stanton’s is closed today to allow our staff to get out and enjoy the fall!

You can still shop and order on our website, or even purchase and print from Stanton’s Digital Delivery. We’ll be open again tomorrow from 9-5 (EST) to serve all your sheet music needs.

Holiday Choral Reading Session Recap 11 October, 2013

image.phpOn Saturday October 5, Stanton’s Sheet Music hosted our third annual FREE Holiday Choral Reading Session for area teachers and college music majors.  Our attendees gathered in the James E. Strouse Workshop Hall with our clinician Jen Sper, School Choral Music specialist at Stanton’s, for a wonderful morning of holiday music – and Christmas cookies!  What a great way to welcome the season!

Did you miss out on the session?  Never fear!  Here are just a few of our favorite pieces that were featured:

For middle school choirs: Adorar al Nino arr. Victor C. Johnson
For high school choirs: What Christmas Means to Me arr. Mac Huff
For college choirs: My Gift by John Ratledge
For women’s choirs: The Wexford Carol arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
For men’s choirs: A Doo-Wop Christmas (With You) by Kirby Shaw

For more titles featured on the clinic, check out Stanton’s Virtual Workshop!  You’ll be able to preview full octavos with audio demonstrations, as well as LIVE video footage from the session.  You can also find all of our Holiday Choral suggestions here, or contact us for more information.

College Trombonists and Euphonium Players! 10 October, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Trombone/Euphonium Technique Books
O1594X – Melodious Etudes Book 1 – Rochut
O1595 – Melodious Etudes Book 2 – Rochut
O1596 – Melodious Etudes Book 3 – Rochut
O23 – Arban’s Famous Method – Arban
48001055 – 40 Progressive Studies – Tyrell
04470720 – Selected Studies (Trombone) – Voxman
04470730 – Selected Studies (Euphonium) – Voxman
O4767 – Studies in Legato – Fink
O4768 – Studies in Legato (Bass Trombone) – Fink
O2895 – 60 Selected Studies Book 1 – Kopprasch
O2615 – 60 Selected Studies Book 2 – Kopprasch

Top Selling Trombone Solo Literature
TS0046 – Morceau Symphonique – Guilmant
K04563 – Concerto – Rimsky-Korsakov
W2490 – Blue Bells of Scotland – Pryor
2221 – Six Sonatas Book 1 – Galliard
2222 – Six Sonatas Book 2 – Galliard
W1691 – Starlight – Pryor
1-5036 – Concerto – Jacob
10530185 – Annie Laurie – Pryor/Smith
2147 Sonata in A Minor – Marcello/Ostrander
03773993 – Andante et Allegro – Barat

Top Selling Euphonium Solo Literature
03774665 – Introduction and Dance (BC/TC) – Barat
W2477 – Beautiful Colorado (BC only) – De Luca
W2475 – Beautiful Colorado (TC only) – De Luca
CBS00135 – Suite in Ab (BC/TC) – Hendel/Beldon
TS0060 – Carnival of Venice (BC/TC) – Clarke
03774006 – Napoli (BC only) – Bellstedt/Simon
03773938 – Napoli (TC only) – Bellstedt/Simon

New OMEA Concert Band Titles: Class AA and A 09 October, 2013

As a service to band directors around Ohio, as well as our out-of-state friends who like to know what titles are on other states’ adjudication lists, Stanton’s band staff would like to share this preview of the NEW titles on the OMEA concert band adjudication lists for 2014.  Our first preview features the new titles on the High School Class AA and Class A lists.  Click on the preceding classes to view the complete listings for each, and keep following Stanton’s blog for upcoming previews for High School Classes B & C, as well as the Junior High concert band lists.

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OMEA Class AA

Flowing Pens from Concord
Roger Cichy
LudwigMasters Symphonic Band
Grade 5                                    $150.00

Nights in Tobago
David Gillingham
C. Alan Band Series
Grade 5                                    $140.00

Synergy Rising
Ryan Nowlin
Kjos Conservatory Editions
Grade 5                                    $90.00

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OMEA Class A

October
Eric Whitacre
Hal Leonard MusicWorks
Grade 4                                    $95.00

Resurgences
Robert Sheldon
Alfred Concert Band
Grade 4                                    $80.00

Scarborough Fair
Arranged by Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Alfred Concert Band
Grade 4                                    $85.00

What Sweeter Music 08 October, 2013

holiday-music

Ready to program your upcoming holiday concert?  Stanton’s suggests that you try one of these outstanding choices with your choir:

Christmas Memories by Rosephanye Powell
Rosephanye Powell’s stunning work recorded with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will make a wonderful feature for concert choirs from high school through community and collegiate levels. Whether you perform with piano only or collaborate with an orchestra, this romantic ballad will be a choir and audience favorite!

Here We Come A-Caroling arr. Molly Ijames
All dressed up with a fresh, updated text, this energetic setting of the popular carol is delightfully infectious! Creative interplay between the flute, violin, and piano add sparkle to this selection that will be easily prepared in a minimum of rehearsal time.

Jingle Bells arr. Mark Hayes
From Barbra Streisand’s quintuple platinum “A Christmas Album,” this holiday favorite really sparkles in a new choral adaptation by Mark Hayes.

Please Come Home for Christmas arr. Mark Brymer
Cee Lo Green’s Christmas album featured this R&B classic that captures all of Cee Lo’s coolness for your holiday program and offers the assurance that better Christmases are ahead!

What Sweeter Music by John Leavitt
The 17th century poem by Robert Herrick forms the basis for this lovely setting. The solo opening is taken up by the choir in a gently imitative way, followed by a contrasting middle section that reflects the imagery portrayed in the text. Finally, the music modulates and the rich choral textures bring the work to a fulfilling conclusion.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas arr. Jill Gallina
This novelty pop tune is perfect for providing that humorous moment in your concert. Bouncing with musical fun, the entertaining lyrics will delight your audiences.

In Winter by Victor C. Johnson
Softly stealing into the quiet moments of winter, this reflective piece evokes images of falling snow amid the graying sky of the season. Luscious harmonies, memorable melodies, and an artistic accompaniment grace this gorgeous original selection that incorporates familiar strains of “Still, Still, Still” to create a tender and introspective mood.

The Wexford Carol arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
The gorgeous Irish carol has been paired with the familiar “Venite adoremus Dominum” chorus from “The Snow Lay on the Ground” to create a lovely Christmas offering for treble voices. Optional flute and cello parts add a crowning touch to this exquisite selection that is suitable for school and church settings.

A Doo-Wop Christmas (With You) by Kirby Shaw
This clever a cappella original is reminiscent of doo-wop groups from the ’50s and ’60s. The choir sings a “bop-bop-bop” refrain alternately with classic back-ups, as a soloist or small group croons the flirtatious text, weaving in popular song titles from back in the day.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Holiday 2013, or contact us!

Click here to watch video

College String Bassists! 07 October, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling String Bass Technique Books
O492 – New Method Book 1 – Simandl/Drew
O3567 – New Method Book 2 – Simadl/Drew
O2941 – 30 Etudes – Simandl
AL15876 – Complete Method Book 1 – Nanny
AL15877 – Complete Method Book 2 – Nanny
2079 – 110 Studies Book 1 – Sturm/Zimmermann
2080 – 110 Studies Book 2 – Sturm/Zimmermann
1039 – Scale Studies – Schwabe/Zimmermann
AL25437 – Nouvelle Technique de la Contrebasse Book 1 – Rabbath
AL25806 – Nouvelle Technique de la Contrebasse Book 2 – Rabbath
AL26328 – Nouvelle Technique de la Contrebasse Book 3 – Rabbath

Top Selling String Bass Solo Literature
50330830 – Solos for the Double Bass Player – ed. Zimmermann
O5429 – Progressive Repertoire Book 3 – ed. Vance (O5463 Piano Acc)
48003024 – Concerto in F – Capuzzi/Baines
1712 – Sonata in G Minor – Eccles/Zimmermann
2098 – Concerto in A Minor – Dragonetti/Nanny
1050 – Sonata in E Minor – Marcello/Zimmermann
1159 – Sonata in G Major – Marcello/Zimmermann
3372 – Six Suites (originally for cello) – J. S. Bach/Bernat
AL16929 – Gavotte – Lorenziti/Nanny
1740 – Apres un Reve – Faure/Zimmermann

Across the Field! 05 October, 2013

Across the Field” is Ohio State University’s football fight song.  It was composed by William Doughtery, a student at OSU, in 1915.  The words to “Carmen Ohio” were  written by Fred Cornell, a cheerleader at OSU, in 1902.  The tune is a hymn tune called “Madrid”. “Come Christians, Join to Sing” is the hymn most often sung to that tune.  Both tunes are in the condensed score for “College Songs for School Bands“, (catalog #03750096) from Hal Leonard.   The condensed score can be used for piano. Words are not included.  Songs from other colleges are included in this book of sheet music. too.   For more information about this collection of college fight songs, or other collections of sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com .  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

TOMORROW – Holiday Choral Reading Session! 04 October, 2013

Now that you’ve been working with your ensembles for a few weeks and know the strengths of your particular students, you are probably ready to program your Holiday concert. Let Stanton’s Sheet Music help!

*FREE*
HOLIDAY CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:30 a.m.

We will read new titles in all voicings for winter concerts. Even if you attended our choral reading sessions this summer, we still encourage you to join us for this Holiday session, as we will be including many titles that have not been read on any previous Stanton’s sessions.

Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of the Stanton’s School Choral staff, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you! (There is no complimentary packet, but you may purchase singles or quantities on any titles that you like.)

For more information, please contact us at 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1 or email us.

Kids’ Korner for Fall & Christmas 2013 03 October, 2013

ChildrenChoirWeb300x200Involve your youngest singers in worship this fall and Christmas with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Anna Laura Page
This delightful setting of the cherished hymn makes a splendid selection for older elementary choirs or any choir of unison or 2-part voices. After singing the familiar ROYAL OAK tune on stanza 1, a new melody spotlights stanza 2. The two melodies join together on stanza 3 in traditional partner-song fashion before concluding with a final restatement of the timeless refrain. Optional flute and finger cymbals sweetly compliment the piano accompaniment during the song’s introduction, interludes and conclusion.

I’m Gonna Sing (with Over My Head) arr. Terry Taylor
It is nice to find an arrangement that simply lets the original songs shine! The piano accompaniment gently supports the melody as each spiritual is introduced. Then, the fun begins as the two melodies partner together. This piece will be a cinch to put together, and your choristers will have a blast as they sing and learn these timeless songs.

A Christmas Gloria! by Timothy Shaw
Rhythmic energy radiates throughout this piece that proclaims the joyous message sung by angels the first Christmas night, “Gloria in excelsis Deo!” The celebratory refrain begins and ends the piece while a slightly more relaxed middle section offers a pleasing contrast. A fine choice for both unison and unison/2-part choirs, especially for choirs of older elementary voices.

Silent Night arr. Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson’s simple, straightforward, and beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night” includes everything a choir needs for success. The vocal line is set in a perfect range for children’s voices, and the addition of a descant on the last verse creates a part-singing learning opportunity. Use the German text on the first verse to teach your choir and congregation about the origins of the song.

Glory to God! by Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson brings us a cute, inventive 2-part Christmas calypso that is just right for children. The percussion starts it off, then the parts alternate phrases before getting to sing two melodies together. The finale is the Gloria from “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Claves and maracas add sparkle.

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Halloween Favorites 02 October, 2013

Halloween Favorites is a series of four collections of original Halloween piano solos by Alfred and Myklas composers.  Book One includes “Black Cats Waltzing”, and “Witch on a Super-Speed Broom”.   Book Two includes “Jumpin’ Pumpkins”  and “The Three-Legged Witch”  Book Three includes “It’s a  Scary Night!” and “Halloween Hoedown”.  Book Four includes “Cool Ghouls” and “March of the Goblins”.  Some piano teachers have Halloween recitals where the students play a Halloween piece and wear their favorite costumes.  A party follows the recital, and fun is had by all!  Check these books of Halloween sheet music out.  Play something for your own enjoyment, or if you are a piano teacher, consider having a fun Halloween recital!  For more information on these Halloween books or other Halloween music,  call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website,  http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

New Concert Collections from Alfred Publishing 01 October, 2013

Concert collections are a great way to add a lot of titles to your library, and get some real bang for your budget buck.  Alfred Publishing has just released a whole new series of concert collections called Accent on Performance collecting the beginning band arrangements from the Accent on Achievement band series written and arranged by John O’Reilly and Mark Williams.  There are 5 series collected by style and theme, (Concert Favorites Collection, Light Concert Collection, March Collection, Holiday Collection, and Classical Collection), each featuring 22 titles – now that’s some bang for your buck!  Being correlated with the Accent on Achievement band method, the arrangements are fun and educationally sound, and range in difficulty from grade 0.5-1.5.  Click on each series below to see the instrumentation, and visit Stanton’s Concert Band page to find more fantastic concert collections!

Accent on Performance: Concert Favorites Collection

Attack of the Cyclops, Aurora, Bryce Canyon Overture, Cardiff Castle, Cedar Canyon Roundup, Centurian, Dragons of the Ancient Court, Festival of the Gladiators, Knights Kingdom, Lone Star Trail, Northern Lights, One Hit Wonders, Pacific View Overture, Primordium, Procession of the Cyborgs, Rimrock Overture, Temple of Sinawava, The Lost Kingdom, The Might of Hercules, Two Modal Episodes, Windstorm, Windstar Overture

Accent on Performance: Light Concert Collection

African Marching Song, African Spirit Dance, Camino Real, Canciones Mexicanas, Echoes of Santa Fe, Legend of the Alhambra, Mary Ann, More Cowbell, Mountain Songs, Mucho Mariachi, No Drummer Left Behind, Pico Rivera, River Trilogy, Rockin’ Candy Mountain, Rockin’ La Bamba, Sailor’s Holiday, Skye Boat Song, Stand Up and Swing, Synco Rock, Trumpets of Seville, Two Chinese Folk Songs, Viva Mariachi

Accent on Performance: March Collection

Battle Creek March, Cold Brook March, Early Bird March, Fanfare for Freedom, Honor Roll March, March for Megan, March for Patriots Day, March Royale, March Saranac, March Supreme, March Zuma, Marching Marines, Maritime March, New Orleans Strut, Pirates Cave, Seaway Festival March, The Magnificent Five, Thunder Bay March, Trumpets Up Front, Twin Cities March, Two Bridges March, Wingate March

Accent on Performance: Holiday Collection

A Holiday Processional, Christmas on the Farm, Early English Christmas, First Holiday Concert, First Rockin’ Christmas, First Winter’s Sleigh Ride, Holiday for Basses, Holiday Magic, In a Christmas Mood, Kings from the East, Little Drummer Boy, Lo How a Rose, North Pole Sleigh Ride, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Parade of the Tin Soldiers, Procession of the Kings, Two English Carols, Two Holiday Classics, Two Spanish Carols, Wassail March, Winter Fun, Yankee Doodle Christmas

Accent on Performance: Classical Collection

A Mozart Mix, A Night at the Opera, Allegro from Water Music, An Afternoon at the Ballet, An Evening with the Masters, Ave Verum Corpus, Bach March and Musette, Best of Beethoven, Can-Can, Classic March Duo, Elizabethan Dances, Finale from Brahms #1, Joyful, Joyful, Mozart Minuet and Rondo, Mozart Serenade and Dance, Night at the Pops, Renaissance Dances, Saturday at the Symphony, St. Anthony Chorale, Surprise Symphony Variations, The Big Three, Two Greig Sketches