News & Views Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Category: Organ Music

Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!

Easter Music for Piano or Organ 29 February, 2016

recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

Easter morning is only a few weeks away! Have you decided what to play yet? We have chosen one each of piano and organ collections to present to church organists and pianists. Both collections are new this year.

Hail Him as Thy Matchless King!” is a collection of ten advanced piano solos. There are hymn arrangements for Palm Sunday through Eastertide. Five different arrangers have arranged these pieces, Mary McDonald and Lloyd Larson among them.

This year’s organ solo offering from Lorenz Music is “With Love That Has No Ending.” There are organ arrangements for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Douglas Wagner has compiled this collection, with arrangers including Lani Smith and Robert Lau.

For more information about these collections, or other Easter collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Organ Music for Easter 27 January, 2016

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It’s time to pick the Easter music, already! Two organ solo books to check out are “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” compiled by Michael  Shea, and the Augsburg Organ Library’s “Lent.”

“All Glory, Laud and Honor” includes fifteen organ solos for Palm Sunday through Eastertide. The music is written on three staffs, and the pedal part is somewhat busy. Just this one collection could carry an organist through the Easter season!

Augsburg Organ Library’s “Lent” includes forty-two 0800658973arrangements of hymns suitable for Lent, arranged by some of today’s best arrangers. This is a wealth of material for Lent between two covers. A church organist will turn to this collection year after year.

For more information about these organ books or others,  call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Gospel Treasures for Organ 19 May, 2015

00144550Gospel Treasures is a new release from Hal Leonardwith 35 gospel hymns arranged for intermediate organ.  If you’ve been wanting an organ book of gospel music, this collection is a great addition to your library!  From the perennial favorite, “Amazing Grace” to the beautiful song “In the Garden”, or the rollicking “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”, to the lyrical “Precious Memories”, this is a gospel library between two covers.  Check it out, and see what this collection has to offer. For more information about this collection or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


The Hammond B3 26 February, 2015

00128918Brian Charette, the author of this helpful tome, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz.  He operates on the New York City jazz scene, working with  artists such as Chaka Khan, Joni Mitchell, and  Lou Donaldson.  “101 Hammond B3 Tips” is a collection of helpful information specific to the Hammond B3 organ.  There are tips about chords, scales, settings, and more. If you are fortunate enough to own a B3, this is the book for you!  Audio Access is included with this book. For more information about this book, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Augsburg Organ Library, Lent 10 February, 2015

0800658973hThere are over thirty pieces for Lenten services in this collection of sheet music for organ.  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”,  “Were You There”,  “Healer of Our Every Ill”, and “Go to Dark Gethsemane” are included in this book. A wide variety of composers and arrangers are represented. Jehan Alain, James Biery, Beverly Ward, Wayne Wold, and Pamela Decker are among those included.  The pedal parts are intermediate to advanced. The book is bound so that it opens on the music rack without snapping shut or making page turns difficult.  There are so many good pieces to play in this collection that you will return to it every year for something new to play.  For more information about this collection or other organ collections for Lent or Easter, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Christmas Eve Panic! 24 December, 2014

panicIt’s a church musician’s worst Christmas Eve nightmare:  You show up to rehearse the morning of December 24th with your singer, only to find that you have their solo in the wrong key!  With all those services and all the special music, it’s easy to misplace a copy of something.  Make sure that you always have all of the right arrangements/keys of the classics with these bound volumes:

complete gesu bambinoThe Complete Gesu Bambino – FEM00001………………………………………………..$12.95

This beloved Christmas classic by Pietro Yon is presented here for high, medium, and low voice with piano accompaniment; piano solo in advanced, intermediate, and easy editions; an organ solo; an organ/piano duet; and for violin and piano. Also included in this collection is a biographical sketch of Yon. A must for every church musician!

complete o holy night

The Complete O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) – 00747046………………………………$10.99

Eight versions of the song in one collection, each in both French and English. 3 vocal solos (high, medium, low) with piano accompaniment, and 3 vocal solos (high, medium, low) with organ accompaniment. Also includes organ solo and piano solo.


complete ave mariaThe Complete Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod & Schubert) – 00747023……………………..$12.99

A must for any accompanist, this book contains the celebrated Schubert Ave Maria as well as the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. After a history of both versions, each is presented in three keys with a choice of piano or organ accompaniment. Solo piano and solo organ versions are also included. Sixteen versions of the classic in all.


The Complete Lord’s Prayer – 50481088………………………………………………………..$14.99complete lord's prayer

With this 15-version collection, you’ll always be ready to play Albert Hay Malotte’s sacred classic – anytime, anywhere, for anyone. The Revised Edition of this indispensable book is now even more valuable. In addition to Malotte’s classic in five keys for solo voice and organ (E-flat, D-flat, C, B-flat, G), the same five keys for solo voice and piano, and a solo piano and solo organ arrangement, there are three vocal duet arrangements included – soprano and alto (which could be sung by a soprano and baritone), soprano and tenor, and alto and baritone.

For more information on music for the holidays or classical vocal selections, please give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online at

Wilbur Held Organ Music 23 December, 2014

10-618New Every Morning” is a new collection of organ solos arranged by longtime favorite arranger Wilbur Held.    This collection of sheet music for organ includes six settings of  morning hymns.  Titles include “When Morning Gilds the Skies” and “Morning Has Broken”.  This collection of new settings for morning hymns is bound to please!  For more information about this collection of sheet music for organ, or other sacred organ collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Behind the Scenes: It’s That Time of Year… 04 December, 2014

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The holidays are already upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. For the Stanton’s staff it means that convention season is also here! This winter we will be exhibiting (and selling!) music at music educators’ professional conferences in New York (NYSSMA), Michigan (MMC), Ohio (OMEA), Kentucky (KMEA), and, for the first time, The Midwest Clinic. These conferences are a great opportunity to talk shop directly with our expert staff, meet customers face-to-face that we may recognize by name (and voice!), and besides, it gets us out of the store! Ever wonder how our 6-8 booths of music get to your state conference? Check out the slideshow below to see how we pull, pack, and transport thousands of sheet music titles and accessory items, and if we’re exhibiting at your conference be sure to stop by the Stanton’s booth (under the big blue balloon) and say “hello”!

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About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. All he wants for Christmas is a Pittsburgh Penguins tuque, Guardians of the Galaxy on blu-ray, and some heavy-duty outerwear so he can play in the snow with his son this winter!

Organ Music for Thanksgiving 16 October, 2014

Stanton’s has a good selection of literature  for Thanksgiving organ music.  “Thankfulness and Praise ” is a collection of 0800675797 9781451424188bten organ settings by Lynn Petersen.  It includes “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”,  “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”, and eight more.  These are medium difficulty with some some pedal work.  Another good source of material is the Augsburg Organ Library’s “November” collection.  This volume of intermediate to advanced pieces  includes over thirty selections, including “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “For All the Saints”.  Either (or both) of these collections can be a wonderful source of material for the Fall season and the month of November.  More collections of this type can be found on our website under “organ”, then “Thanksgiving”.  Check our website at, email us at, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Augsburg Organ Library 19 September, 2014

augsburg organ LibraryDuring the twentieth century, the organ experienced a resurgence of interest.   Music from the 16th and 17th centuries was rediscovered.  Modern composers began to arrange favorite hymn tunes with newer harmonic structures and rhythmic possibilities.  New music was composed that has a contemporary feel.  Organ settings were written by contemporary composers and arrangers for new hymns and some contemporary worship songs. The Augsburg Organ Library is a collection of organ books organized for the church year.  There is a book for Lent, a book for augsburg organ library2Easter, etc.  Go to and then type in Augsburg Organ Library.  You will be able to see the books available and their contents. For  more information about this music or other organ music,  call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at or visit  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

EZ Play Today Organ Books 04 June, 2014

The EZ Play Today series from the Hal Leonard music company has been a staple in the music industry for years.  The series features up-to-date collections of easy music, such as “Wicked00100223” , in addition to collections of easy sheet music for standards. There are collections of hymns, and collections of contemporary Christian songs.  The melody has the name of the note printed inside the note head.  Chord names are printed above the staff for either the organ or guitar.  Thousands of songs are included in this line of easy books.  The lyrics are included.  The EZ Play Today books are great for beginning organists and recreational organists.  You don’t have to be a Bach-playing virtuoso to enjoy playing music on the organ!  For more information about these organ books or other music for keyboards, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC. email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Organ Music for Weddings 25 April, 2014

Wedding organists, are you looking for a good collection of standard wedding music for preludes and recessionals?  Standard Wedding Music for Organ, compiled and edited by David Sarandon, is a great collection of standard classics.  There are twenty-one favorites in this collection.  Another collection,  The Oxford Book of Wedding Music for Manuals, includes twenty-seven classics arranged for manuals only.   Also,  the “Wedding Processional”  from The Sound of Music  in single sheet music form is available in two settings.  One is set for all organs (#00312925), and one is set for full organ (#00199005).  The all organs version includes a bit of “What Shall we Do With a Problem Like Maria”,  (also called “Maria”  in the sheet music.)  There is a cut to the coda if the organist does not want to play “Maria”.  For more information about the music in this blog, or other wedding music, please call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, .  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Keyboards! 10 March, 2014

The oldest type of keyboard instrument is the pipe organ.  It dates to the third century B.C. There are many types of organs.  Over time, there have been many keyboard instruments, and plenty of music to go along with them.   One of the earliest collections of music for a keyboard instrument was the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, which is a collection of compositions by many composers.  There are other collections for virginal, but the Fitzwilliam collection is probably the best known.  There is so much music written for keyboard instruments that we may never run out.  There is music from at least 1562  to the present, from John Bull and John Dowland to Lowell Lieberman and Diane G. Rahbee.  The most common keyboard instrument nowadays is the piano, of course.  Parents who can afford it make sure their children have an opportunity to explore the piano for at least a few years.  All kinds of courses of instruction exist for learning to play the piano.  There are lots of sheets and books of keyboard music for classical, popular, jazz, rock, blues…..well, everything.  If you play a keyboard instrument, you should never get bored. If this article gets you interested in the endless variety of keyboard music, feel free to ask questions at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or check out our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Sacred Organ Music for Lent and Easter 17 January, 2014

Aren’t we always looking for new music to play?  It keeps life interesting and keeps us more engaged.  Two books of organ music for Lent  and Easter are worth a look to that end.  “Lenten Reflections for Organ“,  by Franklin D. Ashdown, has eight arrangements on an intermediate to advanced level.  The pedal parts and the stops used in these pieces make them enjoyable to listen to.  “Ah, Holy Jesus“, arranged by Michael Burkhardt, is a collection of six Lenten hymn improvisations.  These beautiful pieces are perfect for preludes.  Stanton’s has more books for sheet music for organ for general use and for different times of the church year. To view our large selection of organ sheet music, visit us at, or at  You may call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Music for Epiphany 19 December, 2013

The season of Epiphany begins on January the sixth, and typically ends on the second of February. The events included in Epiphany are the visit of the Magi, the presentation of the baby Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, the baptism of Jesus, and the miracle at the wedding in Cana.

It isn’t very easy to find pieces to play during Epiphany.  Some pieces for piano can be found in “What Can I Play on Sunday? , Book 1: January and February Services” arranged by Cindy Berry. We usually have organ books in stock that contain music for Epiphany: “The Parish Organist Part Six“   from Concordia, and three collections from Morning Star:  “6 Hymn Settings for Epiphany” by Wilbur Held, “Three for Epiphany” by Paul Manz,  “Three Epiphany Preludes” by Robert Hobby, and “Carols Before, Carols After” compiled by Kris Kropff.  It’s not too early to choose your music for church; Christmas and Epiphany will be here before you know it!

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Vivaldi Favorites 27 November, 2013

Vivaldi‘s violin concertos, The Four Seasons, are the most recognized and popular works he ever wrote.  S. Drummond Wolfe, world renowned organist, arranged “Music from The Four Seasons” for organ.  Set 1 is “Autumn“.  All three movements are included;  Allegro,  Adagio, Allegro.  Set 2 includes the Largo from “Winter” , and all three movements from “Spring”; Allegretto, Largo, Allegro.  It is not easy to find arrangements, much less good ones, for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  These two sets of  sheet music transcriptions for organ are enjoyable to play, and are suitable for either recitals or for Sunday services.  They are well worth investigating.  For more information about these organ pieces or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit, or websites.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Advent for Organ 28 October, 2013

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

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!