News & Views Sunday, April 20, 2014

Category: Orchestra

Stanton’s Comes To You! 13 January, 2014

       Music educators all over the country are gearing up for convention season!  As you attend amazing sessions that leave you inspired and invigorated,  don’t forget to stop by the exhibit hall and order some of those wonderful pieces at the Stanton’s Sheet Music booth.  We are excited to announce that we will be at the Indiana Music Education Association Convention for the first time this year!   We will also be making our regular appearances at educators’ conferences in New York, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as conventions for the American Choral Directors Association,  and the American String Teacher’s Association.  Look up for our signature blue balloon and come by to ask questions, shop, or just say hello and introduce yourself to our knowledgeable staff.  We look forward to seeing you at:

     The Michigan Music Conference-January 16th-18th at Devos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MichiganStanton’s booth numbers are 118-120 and 133-135; exhibit hours are Friday 8-6 and Saturday 8-1.

     The IMEA Professional Development Conference-January 23-25, 2014 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, IndianaStanton’s booth numbers are 419, 421, 423, 322, 320 and 318; exhibit hours are Thursday 5-7, Friday 10:30-5:30 and  Saturday 8-2.

      KMEA Professional Development Conference-February 5-8, 2014 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KYStanton’s booth numbers are 600, 602, 604, 606, 501, 503, 505 and 507; exhibit hours are Thursday 10-5, Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-12.

OMEA Professional Development Conference- Feb. 6–8, 2014 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OHStanton’s booth numbers are 521, 523, 525, 527, 620, 622, 624, 626 and 628; exhibit hours are Thurday 1-6,  Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-12:30.

American Coral Director’s Association Central Division Conference-Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Oh. Stanton’s booth numbers and exhibit hours TBA.

American String Teachers Association National Conference-Mar. 5-8 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY.   Exhibit hours are Thursday 5-7:30, Friday 10-6:30, and Saturday 10-2:30.  Stanton’s booth numbers TBA.

Also look for us this summer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference.  More details TBA!

For more information about our conference booths or products, please contact us at www.stantons.com!

New! Ultimate Christmas Instrumental Solos Play-Along 02 December, 2013

Pick up your instrument and add more joy to your Christmas season, or keep your students playing through December with the recently released Ultimate Christmas Instrumental Solos collection from Alfred Publishing.

Perfect for developing and intermediate level players, this collection features 35 well-known Christmas carols and songs with an enhanced mp3 CD.  The CD includes both demonstration tracks with the melody and play-along tracks with the fully orchestrated accompaniments, as well as PDF files of the piano accompaniment parts.  The mix of sacred Christmas carols, secular Christmas songs, folk carols, and a few medley arrangements, along with a targeted difficulty of grades 2-3, ensures that there is something for everyone!

Books are available for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.  Please note that the wind and string books are not compatible with each other due to key and range considerations.  Check out the contents below, and order your copy from Stanton’s Sheet Music!

Angels Medley:
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Angels from the Realms of Glory
-Angels We Have Heard on High
Believe (from The Polar Express)
Blue Christmas
Carol Medley:
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
-O Come All Ye Faithful
-The First Noel
Celebration Medley:
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Hallelujah Chorus
-Joy to the World
Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World)
Feliz Navidad
Folk Carol Suite:
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Noel Nouvelet
-Masters In This Hall
-Coventry Carol
-Echo Carol
Frosty the Snowman
Gesu Bambino
Grown-Up Christmas List
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
A Holly Jolly Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Little Drummer Boy
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Manger Medley:
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Away in a Manger (Cradle Song)
-Away in a Manger
-Silent Night
Mary Did You Know?
O Christmas Tree
O Holy Night
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Sleigh Ride
Themes from The Nutcracker Suite:
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Overture
-March
-Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
-Russian Dance (Trepak)
-Waltz of the Flower
Ukrainian Carol
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Winter Wonderland
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

College Cellists! 05 November, 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 Cello Technique Books
O2469 – 170 Foundation Studies – Schroeder
0763 – Thumb Position for Cello Book 1 – Mooney
0764 – Thumb Position for Cello Book 2 – Mooney
1597 – Technical Studies Vol 1 – Klengel
O567 – Practical Method Op 12 Part 1 – Werner
49002688 – Daily Exercises – Feuillard
O3674 – Violoncello Method Vol 1 – Dotzauer/Klingenberg
2551 – 15 Easy Studies Op. 76 (Preparatory to High School of Cello Playing) – Popper/Woerl
50255860 – 40 Melodic and Progressive Etudes Book 1 – Lee
0761 – Double Stops for Cello – Mooney
811 – 40 Studies Op 43 (High School of Cello Playing) – Popper

Top Selling Cello Solo Literature
50260150 – Six Suites BWV1007-1012 – J.S. Bach/Gaillard
1212 – Concerto #1 in A Minor Op. 33 – Saint-Saens/Rose
2325 – Concerto in C HOB. VII #1 – Haydn/Sadlo & Rostropovitch
858 – Concerto in D Minor – Lalo/Rose
2093 – Sonata in G Major – Sammartini/Rose
897 – Elegy Op 24 – Faure/Rose
1759 – Hungarian Rhapsody Op 68 – Popper/Rose
50262000 – Cello Music by French Composers – ed. Deri
770 – Sonata in G Minor – Eccles
1720 – Concerto in Bb Major – Boccherini/Gruetzmacher & Rose

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

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

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

Essential Elements Name Change 12 September, 2013

Band & Orchestra Directors ~

In case you haven’t heard, Hal Leonard is in the process of revising the title of the Essential Elements band and string methods.  Beginning this year, the series is receiving a fresh new look with some subtle changes to the cover, and reverting from Essential Elements 2000 to Essential Elements for Band and Essential Elements for Strings.

While the cover has changed slightly, the contents of the books remain identical, so orders for Essential Elements books will be filled with a mix of the new and Essential Elements 2000 covers until the “2000” editions have run out.  We have already received new editions of Book 1 for both band and strings, and are almost out of the “2000” cover editions for each, so this transition is almost complete.  The title change is taking place with Book 2 and Essential Technique, as well, so orders for these volumes will continue being filled with the “2000” cover editions with the transition taking place over the next year.  The only real change to the Essential Elements methods is the addition of the Essential Elements Interactive features which you can check out here.

Also, to remain consistent with the publisher’s listings the original Essential Elements series (purple, green, & black for band; red, blue, & green for strings) are being titled just that – Essential Elements (Original Edition).

We hope this helps avoid confusion with your method book orders, and we thank you for ordering your methods with Stanton’s Sheet Music – Your Partner in Music Education.

College Bound Oboists! 20 August, 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 Oboe Technique Books
03770173 – 48 Famous Studies and 3 Duos Concertantes (First Oboe) – Ferling
03770175 – 48 Famous Studies and 3 Duos Concertantes (Second Oboe) – Ferling
48007048 – Barret Oboe Method – Barret
04470710 – Selected Studies – Voxman
O1524 – Method for Oboe – Niemann/Lobate

Top Selling Oboe Solo Literature
03773788 – Concerto in C minor – B. Marcello/Andraud
48009057 – Concerto in C Minor – Cimarosa/Benjamin
14023895 – Oboe Solos – ed. Arnold
48009001 – 6 Metamorphoses After Ovid Op. 49 – Britten
03770183 – Concerto in G Minor/3 Sonatas – Handel/Andraud

Top Selling English Horn Solo Literature
164-00116 – Parable (unaccompanied) – Persichetti
49004240 – Sonata – Hindemith
4847 – Concertino – Donizetti/Meylan

New to the OMEA list for Orchestra 07 August, 2013

Attention:  Ohio School Orchestra Directors – and beyond!  An Ohio Adjudication Committee recently met at Stanton’s Sheet Music to select new titles for the Ohio Full and String Orchestra Large Group Adjudication Lists.

All of the committee members, being current or former school orchestra directors themselves, brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the meeting and selected a great new bunch of pieces for the 2013-2014 school year.

Not only can Ohio directors benefit from the new pieces selected, directors from all over the country can rest assured that these pieces would be good additions to any school orchestra library, since they were chosen by fellow teachers who know what life is like in the “trenches.”

Notice that not every level has new entries.  Also you will see that some pieces are on both lower level high school and upper level junior high/middle school lists since there is some natural overlap between the two.  Finally, be aware that each class allows a small spread of grade levels since the grading process is rather subjective and varies slightly from publisher to publisher.

Here are the New 2013-2014 Additions to the Ohio High School and Junior High/Middle School Full and String Orchestra Adjudication Lists:

High School Full Orchestra Class A (Grade 3.5 and up)
10200107 – Cossack Dance from Mazeppa – Tchaikovsky/Dackow
40448 – Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky/Brubaker
STANO471723 – Symphony #1 Movement 4 – Mahler/Rich

High School Full Orchestra Class B (Grade 3 – 3.5)
40056 – Huapango Del Oso – Musello
29747 – Soliloquy – McBrien
33738 – Themes from Scheherezade – Rimsky-Korsakov/Meyer

High School Full Orchestra Class C (Grade 2.5 – 3)
40421 – King William’s March – Clarke/Phillips

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class A (Grade 2.5 – 3)
No new entries

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class B (Grade 2 – 2.5)
40421 – King William’s March – Clarke/Phillips

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class C (Grade 1 – 2)
No new entries

High School String Orchestra Class A (Grade 3.5 and up)
ST6314 – Lyric Metal – Balmages
M8053 – Musetta’s Waltz – Puccini/McAlister
40480 – Symphony #8 in G Major – Dvorak/Parrish

High School String Orchestra Class B (Grade 3 – 3.5)
ST6311 – Allegro Barbaro – Bartok/Lipton
40471 – Sonata Pathetique – Beethoven/Caputo
50250068 – Three Movements from Lincolnshire Posy – Grainger/Longfield

High School String Orchestra Class C (Grade 2.5 – 3)
40475 – Dove’s Vagary – Atwell
50250063 – Grand March from Aida – Verdi/Hall
ST6310 – In Paradisum – Faure/Lipton
YAS119 – The Red Gully – Sweet
50250033 – The Rough Riders – Hall
10350098 – Sarabande and Gavotte – J. S. Bach/Longfield
ST6302 – Wired – Bernofsky

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class A (Grade 2.5 – 3)
YAS119 – The Red Gully – Sweet
50250033 – The Rough Riders – Hall
10350098 – Sarabande and Gavotte – J. S. Bach/Longfield
40416 – Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky/Bullock

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class B (Grade 2 – 2.5)
GMMOR104 – A Festive March – Handel/Wilcott
CAS67 – The Ides of March – O’Loughlin
40422 – Marche Militaire – Schubert/Cerulli
40458 – Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky/Dabczynski

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class C (Grade 1 – 2)
SO336C – Into the Dragon’s Den – Brown
8614 – A Song of Peace – Traditional Hebrew/Monday

New Grade 3-4 for Orchestra 05 August, 2013

Hey String Teachers! Holy Cow! Have you looked at your calendar? It’s almost August! School is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about what music you are going to use to start the new school year!

Here are some of the pieces that got the most positive responses at the Stanton’s Sheet Music New Music Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop in early July. Check them out on our sheet music website:

THE MOLDAU by Bedrich Smetana/arr. Albert Wang
Ludwig/Masters    50250071    Gr. 3    $45.00
-Explore E minor/G major contrasts, as well as Ab major, 6/8/ time, shifting in all but 2nd violin
-Being a full orchestra pieces redone for strings only, everyone has active parts to make it shine
-Solid, programmable string arrangement of the famous Bohemian River programmatic gem.

ASPIRE – A Dream Fulfilled by Bob Phillips
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40490    Gr. 3    $48.00
-Mixed meter with constant quarter note pulse, accidentals, shifting in all but 2nd violin
-Gorgeous, flowing melodies and counter-melodies will keep everyone satisfied
-Absolutely beautiful & modern, but not far out; a soul soaring experience

DOMINI FILI (from Gloria) by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. by Steven Frackenpohl
Kendor    10001    Gr. 3+    $52.00
-Hooked bowing lesson on dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms; scales and arpeggios
-Vivaldi’s string and choral parts wonderfully melded together so all parts are active
-Joyous piece performable any time of year in concert or adjudication settings

GALLOP AND WALK by Almon C. Bock II
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40482    Gr. 3.5    $48.00
-Experience all the rhythmic options of 6/8 time, dabble in Bb, pit 3 against 2
-Everyone’s part is active and they all rely on one another for cohesion
-Challenging, playable, enjoyable musical depiction of English horseback riding.

PIZZICATO BLUES by Darren Mitchell
Grand Mesa Music    GMMOR100    Gr. 4    $50.00
-Keeping the internal pulse within syncopation.  Lots of accidentals.  All pizzicato.
-Syncopated, independent parts that rely closely on one another.  Beat one is rare!
-Impressive when polished, students will love the video game music feel of it.

Contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department for more great recommendations!

New Grade 2 Orchestra 01 August, 2013

Hey String Teachers! Holy Cow! Have you looked at your calendar? It’s almost August! School is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about what music you are going to use to start the new school year!

Here are some of the pieces that got the most positive responses at the Stanton’s Sheet Music New Music Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop in early July. Check them out on our sheet music website:

MYSTIC FAWN by Keiko Yamada
Carl Fischer    YAS125    Gr. 2    $50.00
-4 separated quarter notes in one bow (“squeeze” technique) G major/E minor contrast
-Close harmony in 1st/2nd violins, nice counter-melodies in viola and cello with bass anchor
-Carefree & gentle concert contrast; a misty, musical depiction of a deer in early morning

PASTORELLA by Richard Meyer
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40476    Gr. 2    $48.00
-Learn the finite rhythmic options of 6/8 time, plus Bb, Eb, F natural accidentals
-A high voice tune and a low voice tune are introduced, then woven together
-Gracious, Spanish flavored charmer briefly shows off your first stand of violins

CHICKEN FOOT TRANSPLANT by Matt Turner
Carl Fischer    YAS116    Gr. 2.5    $50.00
-Pop music special effects – syncopation, scoops, strums, glissandi, wood taps, fall offs
-Your string orchestra becomes a Blues/Funk/Fiddle band, with optional improvised solo
-High energy “alternative style” with a Bo Diddley groove – a real crowd pleaser

GAVOTTE AND RIGADON by Georg Phillip Telemann/arr. Janet Farrar-Royce
Belwin/Alfred    40423    Gr. 2.5    $48.00
-Work on G#, D# and Bb, staccato bows, first and second endings
-All parts are active and involved, making it fun for everyone
-Play one or both movements to show off the Baroque charm that makes strings sing

Contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department for more great recommendations!

New Grade 1 Orchestra 30 July, 2013

Hey String Teachers!  Holy Cow!  Have you looked at your calendar?  It’s almost August!  School is just around the corner!  It’s time to start thinking about what music you are going to use to start the new school year!

Here are some of the pieces that got the most positive responses at the Stanton’s Sheet Music New Music Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop in early July.  Check them out on our sheet music website:

TUMBLEWEED BLUES by George T. Frueh
Kendor    8754    Gr. 1    $42.00
-Swung eighth notes, C naturals in key of D, dynamic extremes, gentle syncopation
-Walking bass line often shared with celli, rhythmic-unison repeated note patterns
-The kids will think they are so cool and the parents will be “peacock proud”

REVENGE OF THE DUST BUNNIES by Dan Adams
Ludwig/Masters    50250069    Gr. 1    $45.00
-Develop pizzicato, tremolo, light staccato bowing and reinforce counting rests
-Everyone’s part is important and the melody is shared.  Add flexitone & vacuum cleaner!
-“Spooky” novelty, perfect for second year players’ late October concert

EL GATO PIZZICATO by Richard Meyer
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40460    Gr. 1.5     $42.00
-Introduce the concepts of glissandos (intro to basics of shifting), D.S. al Coda
-Everyone gets pizzicato, arco & special vocal effects plus there is optional percussion
-Spanish flavored novelty – a fun salute to cats, with “meows,” hisses and percussion

SILHOUETTES by Alan Lee Silva
Carl Fischer    FAS81    Gr. 1.5    $47.00
-Contrasting styles – legato melodies, driving marcato phrases, quiet pizzicatos
-Concertmaster has short solos, while everyone shares flowing melodies and more
-Graceful, lilting piece in the expressive, pseudo film-score style of Mr. Silva.

Contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department for more great recommendations!

New for Orchestra! 08 July, 2013

Orchestra Directors! Now is the time of year when publishers are sending out their promotional materials for the next school year.  One smaller company you won’t want to overlook is Grand Mesa Music out of Colorado.  Stanton’s carries their music and recommends that you pay close attention to their selections, which offer a wide variety of grade levels and styles. We especially like these new titles:

GMMOR82 – Classic Christmas Medley – Grade 1
GMMOR87 – Snow Ride, Grade 2
GMMOR88 – Loch Lomond – Grade 2+
GMMOR90 – Labyrinth – Grade 2+
GMMOR91 – Three Pieces – Grade 3+
GMMOR92 – The Rejoicing – Grade 3
GMMOR93 – Illumination – Grade 3
GMMOR98 – After the Rain – Grade 3
GMMOR99 – Scenes of the Old West – Grade 3+
GMMOR100 – Pizzicato Blues – Grade 4
GMMOR101 – Still, Still, Still – Grade 2+

Contact our Orchestra Department for more recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Elliot Del Borgo (10/27/1938 – 5/30/2013) 04 June, 2013

With sad regrets, we mourn the passing of Elliot Del Borgo, a great composer/arranger of band and orchestra sheet music. An award-winning member of ASCAP, he was a frequent consultant, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator in the United States and abroad. Born in Port Chester, NY, Elliot Del Borgo earned a B.S. degree from the State University of New York, an Ed.M. degree from Temple University, and an M.M. degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, where he studied theory and composition with Vincent Persichetti. Elliot has published over 600 compositions with various publishers and in 1980 wrote the music for the Olympics in Lake Placid.  He described his work as “music you will want to play again and again … and music that will enable your ensemble to improve.”  We will all miss his contribution to music education.

Wedding Albums for String Trios, Duets and Solos 22 May, 2013

String Players – do you play wedding gigs through the summer?  These Latham Music collections are “must-haves” for your gig folders.

String Trio
Wedding Album 1 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
16 wedding standards much like the quartet book – plus Pachelbel’s Canon, which is not included in any of the quartet collections.

Wedding Album 1 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
16 wedding standards same as the string trio book.

Wedding Album 2 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
9 prelude/postlude pieces including Mozart’s Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Bach’s Wachet Auf , Sheep May Safely Graze and more – same as the second quartet album.

Wedding Album 2 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
9 prelude/postlude pieces same as the string trio book.

Wedding Album 3 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
7 prelude/postlude pieces including Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais and a suite of four pieces from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and more – same as the third quartet album.

Wedding Album 3 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
7 prelude/postlude pieces same as the string trio book.

String Duo
Weddings for Two
arranged by Lynne Latham
for two violins or violin and viola or violin and cello
Violin 1 (first part)
Violin 2 (second part)
Viola (second part)
Cello (second part)
Must have first violin, then add one of the other books.  23 standard wedding and prelude/postlude selections as found in the quartet and trio collections.

String Solo with Accompaniment
Violinist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
Violinist’s Wedding Album 1 w/CD
arranged by Lynne Latham with CD accompaniment
22 wedding and prelude/postlude standards

Violinist’s Wedding Album 2
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
11 prelude/postlude pieces

Violist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
22 wedding and prelude/postlude standards

Cellist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Ted Hunter and Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
11 wedding standards

Cellist’s Wedding Album 2
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
14 prelude/postlude pieces

For more information on these and other materials for strings, contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Wedding Albums for String Quartet 20 May, 2013

String Players – do you play wedding gigs through the summer?  These Latham Music collections are “must-haves” for your gig folders.

Wedding Album 1 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
12 wedding standards, including the Wagner and Mendelssohn wedding marches, Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary, Purcell’s Trumpet Tune, Schubert’s Ave Maria and more.

Wedding Album 2 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
9 prelude/postlude pieces including Mozart’s Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Bach’s Wachet Auf , Sheep May Safely Graze and more.

Wedding Album 3 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
7 prelude/postlude pieces including Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais and a suite of four pieces from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and more.

Wedding Album 4 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham and Catherine McMichael
10 pieces subtitled Beautiful Music for Meditation including Faure’s Pie Jesu from Requiem, MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Prayer from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Adagio from Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata and more.

Wedding Album for Trumpet and String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
10 wedding standards for Trumpet and String Quartet, including the Wagner, Mendelssohn, Clarke and Purcell from the Wedding Album 1 for String Quartet plus trumpet-worthy selections such as La Rejouissance from Handel’s Royal Fireworks, Mouret’s Rondeau, Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music, Purcell’s Sonata for Trumpet and Strings and more.

For more information on these and other materials for strings, contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“The Educator’s Guide to Grants” 16 May, 2013

Would you like funding to update your music technology resources? Do you need uniforms or instruments for the marching band? Are you searching for funding for professional development or travel to study abroad? The Educator’s Guide to Grants is designed to help schools and non-profits find funding and create proposals to access funds successfully. Novices just learning to negotiate grant writing and more experienced writers seeking million-dollar awards will find insight and assistance with this guide. A CD-ROM included with the book features a screened list of hundreds of funding sources matched to each grant area.

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Music Budget – Use It or Lose It! 10 May, 2013

String Teachers – do you still have money left on a Purchase Order that you need to spend – or you’ll lose it? Get the best “Bang for your Buck” with one or more of the newest String Supplement books for young players:

Essential Musicianship for Strings – Fundamental Ensemble Concepts
Essential Musicianship for Strings – Intermediate Ensemble Concepts
by Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie and Pamela Tellejohn Hayes
*Rounds and Arrangements, correlating with the Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Book 1 and 2
*The Fundamental book centers around the keys of D, G and C major
*The Intermediate book is based on the keys  D, A, F, Bb major plus g and d minor
*Through rounds, teach how different musical lines can be performed at the same time
* Establish a foundation for playing ensemble music as they learn to listen and play with other parts

Steps to Successful Ensembles
by Jeremy Woolstenhulme
*For first to second year players, loosely correlated with String Basics method book
*More advanced players can use it for sight-reading practice
*24 ensemble pieces, original compositions and arrangements, sequentially presented in order of difficulty
*Starts with short all-pizzicato selections and concludes with J. S. Bach’s Peasant Cantata
*Each piece has optional piano accompaniment, three have optional percussion

Sound Innovations – Sound Development
Warm-Up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Intermediate String Orchestra
by Bob Phillips and Kirk Moss
*Emphasis on playing with a characteristic beautiful string sound
*Tone – Bowing lanes, bow weight, bow speed
*Bowing – right hand skills and specific techniques – hooked bowings, martele, spiccato, colle
*Shifting – starting with harmonics and presented through finger patterns.  3rd & 5th and an introduction to 2nd & 4th
*Scales/Arpeggios – one or two octaves, up through 3 sharps and 3 flats, traditional and alternate fingerings
*Chorales/Rhythms – harmonized chorales and drones plus rhythm exercises in a variety of meters

and coming off the press soon…
Sound Innovations – Sound Development
Warm-Up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Advanced String Orchestra
by Bob Phillips and Kirk Moss

Contact Stanton’s orchestra department for more information on any of these products. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Rachel Barton Pine 25 March, 2013

Rachel Barton Pine has lent her expertise as an eclectic, virtuoso violin performer and teacher to several new books for serious violinists.   New Carl Fischer editions of the Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies, Book 1 and Book 2  selected and arranged in progressive order by K. H. Aiqouni, have been thoroughly reworked by Ms. Pine.  Each book also includes a DVD/MP3 disc with video and audio of her playing every etude.  These volumes replace the old Carl Fischer editions of the Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies.

She has also written a heart-felt foreword to the new violin etude book by her former teacher, Roland Vamos, called Exercises for the Violin in Various Combinations of Double-Stops.   These three books join her challenging collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas and editions for violin simply called The Rachel Barton Pine Collection.

Read detailed descriptions of all these products on our sheet music website, or contact our orchestra department for more information.

Preview New Music from Home! 27 February, 2013

As you begin looking planning you Spring concert program, remember that you can preview music from Stanton’s before you decide to buy! We know that it’s difficult to tell if a particular piece of music will fit your needs without actually reading it through, so similar to checking things out from a library, you can “borrow” resources from our store using the “21 Day Trial” program!

piano musicEach of Stanton’s departments has slightly different guidelines about what/how many items can be sent on “21 Day Trial,” but in general we can send printed sheet music that is currently in stock. You can request items for trial by phone, email, fax, online or in person—any of the ways that you can place a regular order—but make sure that you specify “21 Day Trial.” You can list the music you’d like to peruse, or you can give us some specifications (like “Patriotic easy piano solos,” “SSA choral music on the theme of friendship,” or “new publications for 8th grade jazz band”) and Stanton’s knowledgeable staff will find some suggestions for you!

We require account or credit card information so that if you choose to keep the music we can charge you accordingly, or return the music within 21 days of your invoice date and you’ll never be charged! (You’ll just have to pay return shipping to get the music back to us.)

Contact us now to request your trial, and then you won’t have to rush around once you’re done with Contest or back from Spring break!