News & Views Sunday, August 20, 2017

Category: Composers

Considering Matthew Shepard 16 August, 2017

recommended and compiled by Alissa Ruth, Choral Music Specialist

Conspirare.jpgIn the world of professional choral music, one of the groups that stands out from the rest is Conspirare, the Grammy Award-winning Texas-based group under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. They are known for their expressive singing, Johnson’s unique “collage-style” programming, and their education outreach. As someone who spends much of her free time watching choral videos on YouTube (anyone else? anyone?), I love watching and listening to this group.

All of UsAll of Us (from Considering Matthew Shepardby Craig Hella Johnson
One of their most recent projects is Considering Matthew Shepard, Johnson’s first concert-length work composed to reflect on the life of Matthew Shepard as the 20th anniversary of his murder draws near. Shepard was a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming who, in 1998, was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a fence and left to die. In composing this work, Johnson uses text from poets such as Rumi and Hildegard von Bingen, as well as excerpts from Shepard’s own journal and interviews from his parents.

Now available from Considering Matthew Shepard is Johnson’s final movement, entitled “All of Us.” Utilizing elements of hymnody and American folk and gospel styles, this piece that has been described as “heartfelt” and “brilliant” would be an excellent, uplifting concert opener or closer.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Unclouded DayUnclouded Day arr. Shawn Kirchner
Kirchner’s writing is very much based on songwriting and folk melodies, and his original writing often utilizes elements of jazz, bluegrass, and gospel. This gospel piece, which is movement one from his Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, is tried and true (and is one of my personal favorites). It begins with a straightforward verse and chorus, then develops into a more bluegrass style with elements of counterpoint and fugue, gradually incorporating more and more divisi. The peak of the piece comes in a hair-raising eight part chord on the phrase “in the city that is made of gold.” This is one of those pieces that is just as satisfying to listen to as it is to sing, and I can see it being standard repertoire for years to come.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Light of a Clear Blue Morning.gifLight of a Clear Blue Morning arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Now newly arranged for women’s voices, this stunning arrangement of Dolly Parton’s piece is the perfect addition to any concert. I love that this is a “pop” piece that really feels like it was made to be sung by a choral ensemble. Featuring a soprano soloist, the arrangement uses rich a cappella harmonies, solo soprano recorder, and a hint of the original country style to focus on the hopefulness of the text. After a joyful middle section that uses “stacked” voices to play with color and texture, the piece ends reflectively. If you have a soprano that you would like to feature, this piece provides the perfect opportunity.
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

Let the River Run.gifLet the River Run arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Johnson is known for his “collage-style” programming, and this Carly Simon piece (you might know it from the 1989 film Working Girl) is no exception. He uses driving percussion rhythms, dancing piano accompaniment, and triumphant homophonic choral writing to create this uptempo piece, perfect for a concert opener or closer. I actually did this piece with my high school students, who absolutely loved it (and were able to be successful with it). The melody is almost folk-like, making it memorable and “singable.”
Listen to Conspirare’s Recording

If you liked the above pieces and would like to learn more about purchasing them, or would like some similar recommendations, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com or give us a call at 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext. 1. We are happy to help with all of your sheet music needs!

About the Author
Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, as well as a variety of choirs in the Columbus area, and she spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Composer Profile: Dan Forrest 26 July, 2017

by Alissa Ruth, Choral Specialist

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad, through both smaller works and his major works Requiem for the Living and Jubilate Deo. Dan’s music has received dozens of awards and distinctions, with premieres in major venues around the world. Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, and pianist.

Dan’s career and compositions are framed by his belief that “All good things, including any beauty that we encounter, are from God, through God, and ultimately to God. All beauty is God’s beauty, wherever it is found.”

The music of Dan Forrest is available through Stanton’s from several publishers, including: Beckenhorst Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Hinshaw. For more information about Dan Forrest and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Good Night Dear Heart, O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, The Work of Christmas, Psalm 8

About the Author:
Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Composer Profile: Jacob Narverud 19 June, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

JacobNaverudeA relatively new name in the choral world, I’m always excited when I see a new piece from Jacob Narverud come across my desk. I find Jake’s work to be not only creative and interesting for both the ensemble and the audience, but also inherently teachable. The variety of work he produces is also unique in the market – he writes original compositions (like “Sisi Ni Moja”), masterwork editions (like Telemann’s “Ich will den Herrn loben allezeit”), and pop arrangements (like “Dust in the Wind”) with equal facility.

A native of Meriden, Kansas, Narverud studied voice performance at Emporia State University and is currently a doctoral student at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he holds a master’s degree in conducting. With a background in musical theater, instrumental, and choral music, Jake is a sought-after composer and an active guest conductor. As a vocalist, Narverud has performed with the Kansas City Chorale and the Kansas City Symphony as a back-up singer for Ben Folds. He has also been a choir director at both secondary and collegiate levels.

The music of Jake Narverud is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Santa Barbara, G. Schirmer, Shawnee Press, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Jake and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Sisi Ni Moja, Jambo, I Am, Dixit Dominus, The Weaver, Dust in the Wind, Learning to Love Again

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Pärt Uusberg and the Music of Estonia 29 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

sczs5l1p.prpEstonian composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg graduated from the class of Heli Jürgenson at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in 2009. In 2014 he received a degree in composition with Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always an active choral singer, he started in the Riinimanda children and youth choirs conducted by his mother Urve Uusberg. Over the years he has also sung in the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, Voces Musicales, and World Youth Choir. (Side note: he may perhaps be better known as an actor in his home country, having appeared in the film The Class).

New from Uusberg this year are these lovely settings of Estonian texts. Warm harmonies and pure vowels lend themselves nicely to choral singing, and IPA guides are included for all three.

leon-00156068-fMuusika (Music) – an incredible poem about the mystery and wonder of music. A dynamic build of sound and tone helps to express the importance of the text. Gorgeous harmonies and solid construction.

Õhtul (Evening) – the poem speaks of evening and of the images we associate with dusk. Tonalities are both familiar and otherworldly.

Valgusele (For Light) – a lovely work that speaks of someone dreaming of the world and of searching for love. Vocal writing is evocative and yet accessible. A chance to focus on the quiet and peacefulness of dreams.

Find more creative programming options on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Composer Profile: Victor C. Johnson 28 April, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

VJHeadshot-1-246x300With a distinctive musical voice and intelligent writing, Victor C. Johnson quickly became a favorite composer for both us and our customers – when I see his name on a piece of music that crosses my desk, I know it will be high quality! Especially in his writing for developing middle school choirs, Victor manages to create music that is both age-appropriate and pedagogically sound, while being incredibly musically compelling to the singers and the audience.

Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas, and teaches at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He is also director of the Children’s Choir of Texas. Victor attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. While attending UTA, he served as student conductor of the university’s choral ensembles and opera workshop accompanist. He was also honored with the awards of “Outstanding Music Freshman” in 1997 and also “Outstanding Musician” in 2001.

As a composer, Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards for the past 12 years. His first piece was published in 1994, while he was a sophomore in high school – amazing!

The music of Victor C. Johnson is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, The Lorenz Corporation, Choristers Guild, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Victor and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Keep Your Lamps, Bonse Aba, Things That Never Die, In Winter, Festival Cantate, Sing Alleluia!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Veljo Tormis – Men’s Songs 19 April, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-00156200-fThe collection Men’s Songs (Meestelaulud) contains perhaps some of the most exciting works for men’s chorus that exist in our repertoire today. Iconic Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) celebrates the tradition of “runosongs,” music that has been passed down through generations. These dynamic works use a minimalistic compositional style reminiscent of Estonian folksongs. Simple in construction and unbelievably dynamic and often humorous in sound.

Ten songs are included in this collection – but, if you’re not quite ready to tackle all ten, three are also available as separate single octavos (Dancing Song [Tantsulaul], Serf’s Song [Teomehe-laul], and Song of the Turkish War [Türgi sõja laul]).

Find more creative programming options for men on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


French Piano Music 24 March, 2017

the-french-pinao-collectionThe French Piano Collection

Comprised of 48 pieces composed exclusively by French composers, G. Schirmer’s new French Piano Collection is the perfect addition to your piano library!

As you would expect from a collection of this type, a number of the classics can be found here (think Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cake-walk, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Satie’s Three Gymnopédies). What makes this collection different, however, is that not only does it have the excerpts from these works that we love, it also contains these works in their entirety. For example, all of Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Pour le piano, and Suite bergamasque, Couperin’s Suite in C minor, and Ravel’s Sonatine are here in one place.

Because of the variety of its contents, both in difficulty and in date/style of composition, this book will be a lasting resource to its owner. For a reasonable price, the student will be able to utilize pieces from this collection that meet their constantly evolving skill sets.

For more information about this and other piano collections, explore our website at www.stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.3. Stanton’s can help with all of your sheet music needs!


Recital Gifts 10 March, 2017

Spring recital season is just around the corner! If you are looking for the perfect gift for your young performer, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Nanoblocks

nanoblockDesigned in Japan, these micro-sized building blocks resemble tiny Legos. Each design (available for a contrabass, violin, and a grand piano) is made up of about 180 pieces, the smallest of which is only 4x4x5mm! They are “Fun to make, Fun to display, and Fun to collect,” so get yours here.


Composer Bustsbust-chopin

These composer statuettes, made of detailed porcelain, are the perfect gift for a student who is performing their first piece by one of these prominent composers. Each bust is 5” tall, includes the composer’s dates of birth and death, and rests on a felt bottom. Get yours here.


Ties and Bow Ties

bow-tieThese have been popular choices by students at our recent music education conferences! Whether your student prefers a traditional tie or a bow tie, you can find fun, festive patterns that are sure to impress! Get yours here and here.

 

 

For more information, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all of your gift and sheet music needs!


Composer Profile: Andrea Ramsey 06 January, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

dsc_2397-psOne of the most special and powerful things about being a choral musician is the beautiful relationship between music and text – few composers exemplify the incredible possibilities inherent in this relationship like Andrea Ramsey. Her compositions are musically satisfying in both technical concepts and the deeply emotional aspects of the poetry she chooses.

Dr. Ramsey’s teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfME, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.

The music of Andrea Ramsey is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, Alliance, and Santa Barbara. For more information about Andrea and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Shenandoah, Letter from a Girl to the World, Grow Little Tree, Three Quotes by Mark Twain, Tell My Father, Up Above My Head

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Composer Profile: Stacey V. Gibbs 02 December, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Following in the steps of William Dawson, Jester Hairston, and Moses Hogan, the arrangements of Stacey V. Gibbs bring new life to the spiritual repertoire. His rhythmic voice is particularly fascinating, providing an authentic sense of energy and motion to each arrangement.

Highly acclaimed for his expertise in bringing new vitality and excitement to these beloved pieces, Stacey’s work has reached a wide range of choirs both internationally and in the U.S., where they have been featured in numerous festivals, celebrations, and competitions as well as at ACDA regional and national conferences. Stacey resides in Detroit, Michigan, and has worked in management for over 18 years.

The music of Stacey V. Gibbs is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, Alliance, Walton Music and Hal Leonard.

Stanton’s Recommends: Way Over in Beulah Lan’, Dere’s No Hidin’ Place Down Here, Live a HumbleRide the Chariot, Witness

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Happy Birthday, Scott Joplin! 23 November, 2016

06-258076Happy birthday to the “King of Ragtime Writers!” Thus was Scott Joplin christened by John Stark, the publisher who dedicated his working life to promoting ragtime music. Joplin’s the “Maple Leaf Rag” was the first ragtime sheet music to sell over a million copies. Joplin also wrote waltzes, marches, intermezzi, tangos, songs, and a delightful opera called “Treemonisha.” Dover publishes a volume called “Complete Piano Rags” by Scott Joplin. It includes a biography of Scott Joplin and six exercises from Scott Joplin’s “School of Ragtime.” If you love Joplin’s rags, this is the book for you! All the pieces are original, not simplified.

For more information about this collection of rags 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!

 

 

 

 


“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana 31 August, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Over the last several years, we have seen a surge in the popularity and performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana by community choirs, collegiate ensembles and even local high schools. With multiple accompaniment options (orchestra, wind ensemble, or the very nicely done 2-pianos and percussion edition) and reasonable vocal challenges for teen voices, programming and performing this work can be an exciting accomplishment for a good high school choir!

Not ready to tackle the entire major work? The spectacular opening movement, “O Fortuna,” is now available in an individual performing edition for SATB and one piano. It would be a fabulous concert opener or closer, and a great example of 20th century choral music.

For more recommendations for large works for your high school choir, visit our website or contact us – and remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


The Stephen Foster Collection 19 August, 2016

Stephen_FosterKnown as “the father of American music,” Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century,” and may be the most recognizable American composer around the world.

New this fall:

The Stephen Foster Collection arr. Mark Hayes
This exquisite book offers stunning piano/vocal arrangements of ten favorites from the Foster library. Mark Hayes adds his touch to this quintessential repertoire for recitals, concerts, and contests.

For more recommendations for solo voice, please contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Composer Profile: Jim Papoulis 18 July, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Jim PapoulisNew York City-based Jim Papoulis composes, orchestrates, and conducts music for dance, film, ensembles, and choirs. His compositions are known for exploring new modes of musical communication by honoring and connecting classical and traditional forms with non-Western sounds. Jim’s distinct and ever-evolving approach unites classical with contemporary sounds, world rhythms, R&B, and voices, while combining live instruments with current composing and recording technology.

Many of Jim’s compositions have received prestigious awards and global recognition. “Can You Hear” and “Give Us Hope,” for example, are performed around the world every year. Jim donates his royalties as the songs’ composer to The Foundation for Small Voices, which uses music, literature and art to enrich and empower the lives of children.

The music of Jim Papoulis is available through Stanton’s from Boosey & Hawkes. For more information about Jim and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Give Us Hope, How Many Christmases, Kusimama, We Can Plant a Forest

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Composer Profile: Dan Davison 18 May, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

7773126As a long-time junior high school choir director, Dan Davison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his compositions. Navigating the complexities of the adolescent voice is no easy matter, and Dan’s music can always be trusted to be pedagogically sound (for the teacher!) and musically intriguing (for the young singers!).

In addition to conducting four ensembles at Ballou Junior High in Puyallup, Washington, Dan manages numerous teaching and mentoring responsibilities, and, most notably, sings professionally with Male Ensemble Northwest. Dan is also experienced as a church choir director, and has directed choirs at Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University.

Mr. Davison has been received numerous awards for his role in music education, including the 1996 State Of Washington Christa McAuliffe Educator Of The Year, The Educator Citizen Of The Year for 2010 for Communities In Schools In Puyallup, Washington, and also the “Outstanding Choral Director Award” for 2010 from the Washington chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association.

The music of Dan Davison is available through Stanton’s from a number of publishers, most notably Walton Music. For more information about Dan and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Regina Coeli, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Elijah, El Grillo, Wonderful Peace, Yellow Bird

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Happy Birthday, Erik Satie! 25 April, 2016

BA10849_00_1_co_thnrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Probably the most famous pieces written by Erik Satie are the “Gymnopedies” and the “Gnossiennes.” He wrote much more than just those works, however. Barenreiter is releasing other works during this 150th year after Satie’s birth. These works include “Avant-dernieres pensees” (“Penultimate Thoughts”), “Les fils des etoiles” (“Preludes”), and “Embryons deseches” (Dessicated Embryos”). The latter is a set of three pieces about sea creatures, believe it or not! They have no meter, so you can have fun figuring out how best to play these pieces. “Penultimate Thoughts” is likewise without meter.

Celebrate Satie’s birthday by learning one of his works that is new to you! For more information about this music, contact 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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 


Read ‘Em, John! 02 March, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

An excellent option for treble choruses in middle school and high school, Read ‘Em, John! by Caldwell & Ivory is also a great advocacy piece for cross-curricular literacy awareness in conjunction with Read Across America – read more below!

leon-492560Read ‘Em, John! by Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory
A song from the South Carolina Sea Islands with a hidden meaning comes from the tradition of the ring shouts with call and response vocals, polyrhythms, and a driving accompaniment in the classic Caldwell & Ivory style. An excellent showcase for treble choruses!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Happy Birthday Alice Parker! 16 December, 2015

Alice Parker

by Rachel Steele and Jen Sper, School Choral Specialists

It’s hard to believe,  but Alice Parker turns 90 years young today! This elder stateswoman of choral music was born in 1925. She studied music at Smith College and received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw. Her collaboration with Shaw continued for the duration of his career, and her catalog of folk songs, spirituals and holiday music (both alone and with Shaw) are staples of the choral literature. She is the recipient of 6 honorary doctorates and the Smith College Medal.

At the age of 90, Ms. Parker is still an active teacher, clinician, conductor and composer! Her non-profit organization Melodious Accord is sponsoring a project called Alice Is 90. They are asking for choral conductors to video record their groups singing her works anytime between December 2015 and December 2016 and upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook with #Aliceis90. Looking for a way to participate? Give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC ext. 1; and we’d be happy to send you a 21 Day Trial or suggest something appropriate for your group.

Speaking of being an active composer, Stanton’s is happy to recommend these two new men’s chorals from Alice Parker, both in TTBB voicings:

hard times come againHard Times Come Again No More by S. Foster/arr. Parker (00144509)….$2.25

One of the sweetest of Stephen Foster’s songs, balancing nostalgia with heartfelt lament. Seems made for male chorus, with the kind of piano or guitar accompaniment that would’ve been found in 19th century homes. Very accessible vocal writing with a simple accompaniment, making this a fantastic option for every men’s chorus.

cindy.jpgCindy arr. Alice Parker (SBMP1215)………………………..$1.95

“I wish I was an apple a hangin’ from a tree, and ev’ry time that Cindy passed she’d take a bite of me.” Guys will delight in singing this clever arrangement of the American folksong. The versatility that the elegant writing affords makes this piece appropriate for choirs of all sizes.

 

 

About the Authors:

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

A former middle school and high school choral director, Jen Sper holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Happy Birthday, George Gershwin! 28 September, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The collection “Gershwin at the Keyboard” contains eighteen hit songs arranged by George Gershwin. His songs and piano pieces have been mainstays of the American music scene since they were written. This collection contains his first national hit, “Swanee,” and seventeen more arrangements of Broadway tunes. The pieces are written on an advanced level. Other Gershwin piano compositions you might enjoy include his “Three Preludes” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Happy Birthday, George Gershwin (September 26, 1898)!

For more information about this music or other Gershwin works, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 


Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky! (June 17, 1882) 17 June, 2015

61rRolf0TTL._AA160_Perhaps the first works that come to mind when we think of Igor Stravinsky are his ballets, “The Firebird” and “The Rite of Spring”.  The pandemonium that ensued at the premier of “The Rite of Spring”, which was presented at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, is legendary.  The audience greeted the work with catcalls and boos. (And a good bit more.) “The Firebird” has been transcribed for piano by Stravinsky himself. Many people wrote rags, and Stravinsky wrote “Piano Rag-Music” in 1919.  It is included in “Igor Stravinsky“, one of Wise Publication’s “Composer Portraits” series.  “Les Cinq Doigts” is a suite of eight short pieces for easy piano.  This suite is suitable for children, and any of the pieces are good for a piano recital.  This is included in “The Stravinsky Piano Collection“.  Igor Stravinsky’s second son, Soulima, was born in Switzerland on September 23, 1910. Soulima became a performer and composer in his own right.  His works are worth investigation, as well.  See the link for more information.  Any of the works listed can be ordered from Stanton’s Sheet Music. For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!