News & Views Monday, July 28, 2014
The Music of James Reese Europe 11 April, 2014
James Reese Europe was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880. Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music. He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz. Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands. Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914, the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”
James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad. This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing. It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
“Testimony” by Stephen Schwartz 18 March, 2014
Testimony is a breathtaking and emotional new work composed by Stephen Schwartz for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, conducted by Timothy Seelig. Inspired by the heartfelt words of the It Gets Better Project, “Testimony” speaks to anyone who has ever felt out of place. A powerful work of affirmation and inclusion!
Band Arrangements from the Silver Screen 17 March, 2014
Movie music can be familiar and fun to play, and is the only exposure to symphonic music for most of the general public, including your students. Besides sounding awesome, it is a great way to vary your programming with some style and texture, and since many arrangements are in medley or suite form, work with your band on style, tempo, meter, and key changes.
This year features several great new arrangements and well-known themes from some very popular movies. Alan Silvestri and Hans Zimmer are two of today’s most prolific film composers, and have scored some of the biggest blockbusters over the past few decades, including The Avengers, The Polar Express, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, Forrest Gump, and Back to the Future. The work of each of these composers’ is featured is medley-style arrangements that are sure to be hits with both your students, and especially, your audience. Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies is probably the best composer specific movie arrangement since Michael Brown’s Music for a Darkened Theatre featuring the music of Danny Elfman!
Hans Zimmer’s powerful score to Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is featured in accessible arrangements for both middle school and high school. If you’re programming the suite (grade 3.5), better get your hornists ready, and rounding out the mix is a medley of some of the most popular James Bond themes, including the recent hit Skyfall, by Adele.
Keep following the Stanton’s Sheet Music blog for more new pop arrangements for concert band including Top 40 Hits, new Disney arrangements (including Frozen!), music from Broadway and television, and classic pop/rock hits.
Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies
arr. Michael Brown
Film composer Alan Silvestri has penned some of the most distinctive and memorable moments in recent cinema history. Sure to be a favorite year after year, this impressive setting includes music in a wide variety of styles with familiar themes from The Avengers, The Polar Express, Night at the Museum, Forrest Gump, and Back to the Future.
At the Movies with Hans Zimmer
arr. Justin Williams
Hans Zimmer’s film scores are bold and intense, and are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. This collection is less a medley of tunes, and more a portrait of his styles and moods. Incorporating selections from Man of Steel, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, this arrangement is a tour-de-force of dramatic and emotional cinematic textures.
arr. Stephen Bulla
Over the past five decades music from the James Bond film franchise has become a part of our musical culture. This powerful setting of familiar film themes will appeal to all audiences. Includes: James Bond Theme, Skyfall, Nobody Does It Better, Goldfinger, and Live and Let Die.
Selections from Man of Steel
arr. Michael Story
Recreating the excitement from the blockbuster Hans Zimmer film score, this medley from Man of Steel includes Look to the Stars, If You Love These People, Goodbye My Son, Oil Rig, and What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?.
Suite from Man of Steel
arr. Ralph Ford
Capturing the vastness, beauty, conflict, and emotion of Man of Steel, Ralph Ford’s suite arrangement from Hans Zimmer’s powerful score includes Look to the Stars, DNA, Goodbye My Son, Launch, Krypton’s Last, If You Love These People, Flight, and What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?.
Sleep 12 March, 2014
The beautifully illustrated children’s book Sleep is the latest result of a collaboration between poet Charles Anthony Silvestri and composer Eric Whitacre. In Whitacre’s own words: “The book you are holding is the latest chapter in a story that began in 2000 when I wrote a choral work using as its text Robert Frost‘s beloved poem, ‘Stopping By Woods.’ The piece was a success, but I could not secure the legal rights to use the Frost text for publication.
“Rather than abandon the piece, I asked my friend, poet Charles Anthony Silvestri, to create a new alternative text to replace the Frost poem, one which mimicked the structure and rhyme scheme of the Frost, matched its tonal qualities, and which would seem, in all ways, to be the original text for the music I had created. His poem was a beautiful meditation on the idea of sleep, and it fit my music perfectly. ‘Sleep’ has become one of my most successful choral works, and was the basis for the enormously popular Virtual Choir 2.0 Internet phenomenon, uniting choristers from all over the world.
“I am so proud to introduce to you an entirely new way to enjoy and share this wonderful poem, now part of a new collaboration with illustrator Anne Horjus. Enjoy this book, explore the music which inspired it, and see the connections between words and art and music which are everywhere.”
Jazz Songs of Innocence 07 March, 2014
From the creative mind of composer Bob Chilcott, the vibrant collection Jazz Songs of Innocence presents five jazzy settings of poems from William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence.” Chilcott challenges the expectation of the listener by setting each classic text in a different jazz-inspired style-from the laid-back swing of ‘The Echoing Green’ and ballad-like setting of ‘The Lamb’ to a lilting jazz waltz, ‘The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found’. The voices are underpinned by a stylistic piano part, which may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for bass and drum kit is available separately for jazz trio accompaniment. Ideal for performance individually or as a suite, these innovative songs will make a colorful addition to any concert program.
For more jazz compositions from Bob Chilcott, be sure to explore his Little Jazz Mass, a wonderful setting of the traditional mass texts. Please contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
New Recommendations for JH Contests-SAB or 3 Part Mixed 27 February, 2014
Choosing music for your large group program can really keep a director up at night. There are so many elements that you want to include in your program: varying tempi, foreign language, sacred, secular, accompanied, a cappella, differing time periods, world music, and selections that show your group can sing in diverse styles. Check out the selections below to help you on your way to a diverse and educational program!
(English, secular, American Folk Song, swing/jazz waltz, MM 152,)
This innovative arrangement presents the well-known American folk song with a jazzy twist. Unexpected, but highly creative, it’s something truly different for concert or jazz groups.
This Puerto Rican folk song has been arranged as a lively partner song using an original melody and both English and Spanish text. Combined with the festive piano accompaniment and shakers for all to play, this spirited choral is a multicultural gem.
This contemporary setting based on this timeless and poignant text deserves a place in your upcoming contest program. Superb choral literature, guaranteed to touch all who hear it.
Audiences and singers will thrill to this famous Russian folk favorite in an accessible setting for younger and developing choirs. Exciting tempo changes and dynamic contrasts will be tremendously fun to rehearse and perform!
This spirited 3-voice madrigal with hand drum dances with humor and rhythmic energy! Excellent as a processional or opening number, your singers will enjoy the clever wordplay and vocal effects!
Mark Your Calendar – Sacred Choral Reading Session! 17 February, 2014
As the Lenten season continues and Easter gets closer and closer, Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!
Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and producing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.
Your registration includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.
Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/9/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details
Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
email our keyboard department for more details
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John Williams, composer 06 February, 2014
John Williams is one of the most prolific writers for film in the U.S.A. In a period of time over 60 years, he has written for E.T., Home Alone, the Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, Superman the Movie, three of the Harry Potter films, Schindler’s List, Jaws, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to name a few. This collection of sheet music, “John Williams, Greatest Hits from 1969-1999“, includes twenty-eight pieces written by Williams for the movies, beginning with “The Reivers” Main Theme from 1969. February 8th is John Williams’ birthday. Happy Birthday, John Williams! For more information about this collection of movie sheet music or other things you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert! 31 January, 2014
Franz Schubert was only thirty-two years old when he died in 1828. Nevertheless, he was very prolific during his life. In addition to composing symphonies, chamber works, and string quartets, he composed a lot of piano solo music. There are twenty-one piano sonatas, the impromptus, D. 899 and D. 935, and the Moments Musicaux. Some of the most-performed piano sonatas are D840, D845, and D960. He also composed more piano duet music than any other major composer. The most famous of his duets is Marche Militaire, D733, #1. Investigate this rich legacy of piano music! You may contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!
From composer and co-author Chris Bernotas:
“In using Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band I have found the variety of exercises to be tremendously beneficial. Every day, I am able to approach specific ensemble concepts with new material. It isn’t the same exercise over and over or simply transposed to a new key. Every exercise is unique. Even when I do repeat an exercise, it is “like new” because I do not find myself having to repeat that “one” exercise that really works, they ALL work! I also find that I can use just one exercise to create a variety of new exercises for my students by adding dynamics, modifying articulations, changing tempo, and the like. I think this variety is unique to Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band. The other thing I have found is that the exercises work really well in small group lessons. The technical and musical exercises are fun and interesting, and again, are not just one exercise transposed.
The chorales really speak for themselves, they are truly beautiful! They are more than just functional – they are little musical gems by wonderful composers. Using this book in rehearsals, we have the chance to end our warm-up by making beautiful music with them. The scale chorales are especially useful and flexible; directors can choose who will play the scale and who will play the chorale, making an infinite number of possibilities. Each of these beautiful chorales is a perfect segue to rehearsing the literature for the day.
Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band has been an invaluable resource in my band room. The exercises are fresh, innovative and effective. I have heard an amazing transformation from my students as they have grown immensely in their understanding of how to perform as an ensemble. In the past I would have to write these exercises on the board, make a “ditto”, or try to describe them verbally for students. Now, all I have to do is give them the exercise numbers and get to work! And the best part is that I hear them applying these ensemble concepts to our concert literature!
Most importantly, my students really love using these books and so do I!”
About the Book:
Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band is a valuable and comprehensive resource for developing your students’ understanding and abilities as ensemble musicians. It covers numerous aspects of individual and ensemble playing – tone quality & breath support, scales & technique, balance & intonation, rhythm reading & meter studies, and ensemble musicianship, and includes more than 70 chorales by some of today’s most renowned concert band composers including Roland Barrett, Andrew Boysen, Ralph Ford, Rossano Galante, Robert Sheldon, Todd Stalter, Randall Standridge, and Michael Story. An assortment of exercises is grouped by key and presented in a variety of intermediate difficulty levels. Where possible, several exercises in the same category are provided to allow variety, while still accomplishing the goals of that specific type of exercise. Many of the exercises and chorales are clearly marked with dynamics, articulations, style, and tempo for students to practice those aspects of performance, while others are intentionally left flexible for the teacher to determine how best to use them in facilitating and addressing the needs and goals of their ensemble. Whether your students are progressing through exercises to better their technical facility, or challenging their musicianship with beautiful chorales, this book can be used after any band method or as a supplement to performance music.
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Recorder Time! 30 December, 2013
The holidays are almost over, and the second half of the school year is upon us. For many excited 3rd and 4th grade music students, that means it’s recorder time! Whether this is your first or thirty-first year teaching recorder, take time to investigate some new resources. Use these to supplement your current method, or try something entirely new!
Does your district’s band and/or orchestra staff use the popular “Essential Elements” series? If so, they will thank you for using this great method for your recorder instruction. The Essential Elements Classroom Method for Recorder is designed for today’s classroom, including easy-to-use technology features that enhance the learning experience for any teaching situation. Essential Elements for Recorder can be an effective tool for introducing or reinforcing general music concepts, as an introduction to ensemble performance (band, orchestra, and choir), or individual or small group instruction. Also available is the Essential Elements For Recorder Kit, with 10 books, 10 recorders and 1 classroom accompaniment CD for just $69.99!
In the B-A-G by Janet Day
Keep recorder interest high with this crafty collection of eight reproducible songs that will reinforce the first three notes taught in most recorder methods. Your young performers will also be exposed to a variety of musical styles from swing,salsa and reggae to rock and roll, Latin and rap. Put together your own ensemble with the reproducible accompanying parts included for Orff and percussion instruments and piano. An enhanced CD is included with hip recordings, with and without the recorder part, to accompany the simpler, age-appropriate recorder parts, plus PDFs of the printed recorder parts for overhead projection.
Ready, Set, Play: Recorder Rock by Timothy Adams
Rev up your recorder lessons and repertoire with this collection of fifteen pieces for beginning and intermediate recorder students. Building on the “Ready, Set, Play” formula, Tim Adams will guide you and your students through his classroom-tested teaching process, beginning with engaging pre-teaching activities, progressing to score study, and finally moving to performance. Each piece features reproducible scores, performance and accompaniment tracks, and teaching suggestions.
Have you ever thought that there should be a more interesting way to assess your recorder players? Want to take away all of the stress and anxiety of playing solo? “Recorder Rumble” is the answer! This interactive resource includes six levels–complete with 24 four-beat examples in each–with two playing options: choose the collaborative game of chance that encourages students to work together to prepare the examples; or have them sight-read melodic patterns in the Lightning Round. Levels range from beginning pitches and rhythms to more advanced combinations, and printable practice guides are available. Simply let the software take the lead, and your students will have so much fun that they won’t even know that they’re being assessed! Multi-use and site licenses are available.
Mark Hayes’ “Requiem” 27 December, 2013
Composer Mark Hayes’ vocal and instrumental writing is widely acclaimed and performed across the nation. He is well-known for his unique choral settings which draw from such diverse styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk, and classical to achieve a truly “American sound.” His brand new Requiem, scored for two soloists, chorus and orchestra is a contemplative work using English translations combined with Latin text for a musically reflective experience.
Premiered at Lincoln Center with Hayes conducting in May 2013, this work includes seven movements of the Requiem Mass and, other than the dramatic “Dies Irae,” each movement features both Latin and English texts. Hayes has dedicated his new Requiem to his parents, both of whom passed away in the last few years.
Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and record producer. His personal catalog, totaling over 1000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Among his many honors are the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music from Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies, and, numerous times, the Standard Award from ASCAP.
Poetry in the Music Classroom 24 December, 2013
Poetry can be a great tool to teach your music students about rhythm, meter, and composition. If you find the prospect of teaching poetry scary or intimidating, check out these new resources to turn you and your students on to this amazing art form!
Enjoy more interactive listening and reading fun with Sound Poems! Give your students the opportunity to experience classic poetry, famous speeches and documents of history like never before! These 18 reproducible poems contain highlighted words that, when read, indicate special instrumental sounds and rhythmic motifs are to be played by your students. If you don’t have all the instruments suggested, substitute or consider body percussion. There are many choices to create your presentation. The teaching suggestions provide a framework for instruction, but can be manipulated to best fit your students abilities. The enclosed CD-ROM offers projectable and printable options. You can read the poem or select several of your students to read. And don t forget about the possibility of acting out these poems. It will only make the experience richer for your students as well as add a lot of enjoyment. Doesn’t this “sound” like fun? You bet!
Helping your students to compose quality melodies and arrangements can be quite a challenge. But thanks to the ingenious approach outlined in “Poetic License,” your students will become thoughtful composers able to take pride in their compositions. The step-by-step, reproducible worksheets in this resource will guide your students to turn poems into songs. As your students work to compose pleasant and singable melodies, duets, and arrangements, they will also learn to count intervals, create chords, and explore expressive techniques. You won’t want to miss this unique resource, complete with eighteen reproducible compositional worksheets, organized by concept and difficulty. Appropriate for grades 2-6.
Looking for more great resources for the music classroom? Call Stanton’s at 1-800-426-8742 and ask to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members!
The Best New Marches for High School Band 21 November, 2013
Besides being great march arrangements, there is plenty of programming variety. The tune Marching Through Georgia dates to the Civil War; two are features (Basses on a Rampage – low brass; and Teddy Trombone – one of Fillmore’s trombone “smears”); two provide alternative programming options to salute members of our armed services (Navy Blue and The U.S. of A. Armed Forces); and if you’re looking for a title with a completely different flavor, check out Salute to the Sultan.
Basses on a Rampage March
G.F. Huffine/arr. Andrew Glover
Heritage of the March
Getty Huffine was working at an axe handle factory when his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky organized their first town band in 1907, and he was accepted to play valve trombone. Over the years, he taught himself to play tuba, and held a special place for the low brasses when he began composing marches, including Them Basses, and this boisterous romp.
The Home Town Boy March
Karl L. King/arr. James Swearingen
Heritage of the March
Dedicated to long-time friend Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame, this was the last march King wrote. All of the classic elements are here and evidence that King maintained the quality and integrity of his writing, and James Swearingen’s arrangement ensures teachability.
Barnhouse Concert Band
This composer’s newest march is the fifth in a series that began with the ever-popular Silvercrest (composed for Stanton’s 25th Anniversary). Its strong statement of happiness and joy is sure to delight audiences of all ages. A memorable trio theme, crafted around the traditional strains of a standard march, provides all the necessary ingredients for your ensemble to create a truly magical and uplifting performance.
Marching Through Georgia
John Philip Sousa/ed. Keith Brion
John Philip Sousa Legacy
A truly masterful arrangement by The March King himself of a Civil War era classic. Sousa’s spirited instrumental setting is vibrant, inspiring and historically reflective.
Charles Zimmerman/arr. Paul Whear
LudwigMasters Concert Band
The legendary commander of the United States Naval Academy Band (whose most famous work remains Anchors Aweigh), composed and dedicated a march for each year’s graduating class. This spirited offering honored the class of 1902, and remains just as fresh and exuberant over a hundred years later.
Salute to the Sultan
Karl L. King/arr. Gene Milford
LudwigMasters Concert Band
Composed during King’s second year “trouping” with circus bands, the distinctive flair of “Persian” marches like this was often used with lion, tiger, elephant, or other wild animal acts, bringing the sound of exotic and distant lands to the circus audience.
Henry Fillmore/arr. Robert Foster
Authentic Fillmore Edition
In between some of America’s greatest marches, Henry Fillmore composed a total of fifteen band pieces known as “trombone smears” from 1908 to 1929, the most famous of which would become Lassus Trombone. Teddy Trombone was second in the series, composed in 1911 in the ragtime style so popular at the time.
The U. S. of A. Armed Forces
Henry Fillmore/arr. Robert Foster
Authentic Fillmore Edition
In 1942, Henry Fillmore, 60 years old and with a heart condition, tried to enlist as an army band leader. The powers that be, however, suggested his contributions to the war effort would be better served continuing to compose marches, like this patriotic gem, to inspire the homefront.
Aaron Copland: Music of an Uncommon Man 25 July, 2013
Stanton’s Sheet Music is very excited about a new classroom resource from Hal Leonard, Aaron Copland: The Music of an Uncommon Man.
This title is the first in a new series for the music classroom that presents essential selections from the Leonard Bernstein recorded library with units of study built around them. It features some of the more popular works of Aaron Copland, including Fanfare for the Common Man, and his ballets Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring and Rodeo.
Make music listening engaging and active with beautifully-designed full-color listening maps, easy-to-follow lesson plans and full-length recorded orchestral versions of Copland’s music. Included in the Classroom Kit is the Bernstein Century Copland CD featuring Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. The Enhanced CD in the Teacher book contains audio folksong recordings, full-color PDFs of the student booklet, student handouts and bonus materials, all for duplication or projection.
Part II features an in-depth study of Copland’s ballet Rodeo, specifically “Hoe-down,” based on the Artful Learning transformative learning system inspired by Leonard Bernstein. Working together in learning centers, students engage in cross-curricular activities that are incorporated into the music lessons.
“Let the River Run” 19 July, 2013
Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare‘s performance of the Carly Simon hit Let the River Run was featured on a PBS special and was also included on their Grammy-nominated CD. Vibrant choral textures are supported by a dancing keyboard and percussion accompaniment for a spectacular choral showcase!
Stanton’s Band Department is excited to announce the addition of Warren Barker, Brant Karrick, Pierre La Plante, Gene Milford, and John Williams to the Featured Composers/Arrangers section of our Concert Band Listening Library! Each of these individuals has a catalog of excellent original compositions and arrangements that are great teaching tools, and wonderful programming options. Be sure to check out our recommended titles for each composer – they are some of our favorites, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.
Warren Barker has long been a go-to arranger of pop standards, many of them featuring a vocal soloist with concert band. His arrangements are wonderfully harmonized, stylistically appropriate treatments, and staples of high school and community band libraries across the country.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Gershwin – In the Miller Mood – Selections from Les Miserables – Over the Rainbow – Star Dust
Brant Karrick is on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University and composes music solely for concert band. His compositions are interesting, range from grades 1.5 to 4, and have been on the Ohio Large Group Required Lists for both junior high and high school.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Exuberance – Ghost Dancing – The Old Red Mill – Songs of Old Kentucky - Spy Chase
Pierre La Plante is another fabulous composer whose works range from elementary band to advancing high school works. In addition to his quality original compositions, Mr. La Plante’s settings of sailing and folk songs are some of the best!
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: All Ye Young Sailors – American Riversongs – Five Good-Natured Variations on Mr. Frog Went a-Courtin’ – Grand Old Duke of York – A Walk in the Morning Sun
Gene Milford is an experienced, respected educator from Canton, Ohio, in addition to being an excellent composer and arranger. His works include original compositions, as well as some fantastic march arrangements.
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: China Sea Voyage – Festival Espanol – The Flying Squadron – Pirate’s Cove
John Williams is probably the best-known film composer of all-time. With memorable themes from Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and, of course, Star Wars, numerous individual arrangements and medleys have been done for concert band, so it seemed obvious, (and overdue) that his titles receive their own category!
Stanton’s Staff Recommends: Harry Potter Symphonic Suite – John Williams Blockbusters – The Olympic Spirit – Raiders March – Suite from the Star Wars Epic: Part II – Superman
The Life and Music of Robert Shaw 03 June, 2013
Robert Lawson Shaw was born in Red Bluff, California on April 30, 1916 – another century, another America. By the time he died, 82 years later, Shaw had become one of America’s classical music icons – a key figure who helped create a culture of classical music in the United States.
When Shaw was a boy, there scarcely was such a culture outside of New York, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Yale University, and a few other places. And a classical choral tradition? It existed, but its existence was neither broad nor deep.
More than any other single person, Shaw was responsible for this change. He was the principle re-inventor of the choral art in America. Shaw did not transform choral music from a hobby or an academic pursuit all alone. But Shaw made choral music important, artistic, and popular.
Shaw is part of an American mythic tradition that encompasses Jay Gatsby, Leonard Bernstein, “American Idol,” and Barack Obama. Shaw was his own mold, an American prototype – like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mohammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, or Clint Eastwood.
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw is a rich and in-depth biography of this complex man and his relentless drive to transform American choral singing.
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The Seasons, Opus 37b
This collection of twelve pieces, one for each month, came about because of a commission from N. M. Bernard, editor of the St Petersburg music magazine, Nuvellist. Each month during 1876, Tchaikovsky wrote a short piano piece portraying subjects and activities typical of that month, and it was published in that month’s edition of Nuvellis. The result is this lovely collection of character pieces. “Troika”, written for the month of November, stands on its own. It is bright and bouncy, like riding in a troika being drawn by fast horses. It was a favorite encore of Sergei Rachmaninoff. “Barcarolle“, written for June, is so pretty that it has been arranged for flute, violin, viola, string bass, and orchestra. Written on an intermediate to advanced level, this entire work is considered standard literature for today’s pianists. For more information about this collection of sheet music or other collections of piano music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.