News & Views Monday, August 31, 2015

Category: Piano Music

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein! 24 August, 2015

48023178August the 25th is Leonard Bernstein‘s birthday.  We lost this talented and prolific composer on October 14, 1990.  He gave us the music for “West Side Story“, and Stephen Sondheim gave us the lyrics.  The song “One Hand, One Heart” is sung at weddings, and “Tonight” is an audition favorite.  High schools still perform “West Side Story” for the spring musical.  In short, “West Side Story” is  a classic.  Leonard Bernstein wrote music in a variety of genres, but we found this collection of piano music particularly intriguing.  It is called “Complete Anniversaries.”   This is a compilation of 4 sets of “Anniversaries” which he composed at various times.  Each of the pieces was written for a friend.  In “Four Anniversaries,” #3 is “for David Diamond” another famous composer and musician.  In “Five Anniversaries”, Bernstein wrote #3 for a friend, Elizabeth B. Ehrman.  Each piece is a reflection of each friend’s personality.  What a gift it must have been to have a special piece written just for you!  For more information about Leonard Bernstein‘s music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Piano Teacher Resources 07 August, 2015

00420259It won’t be long before teachers’ studios get busy again!  As the beginning of the school year gets closer, some minds turn to starting back to piano lessons after a long, busy summer.  Stanton’s has a wide selection of piano methods.  We have the older, more familiar methods  such as Thompson, Schaum, and Aaron, or the more recent piano methods like Piano Adventures by the Fabers, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Alfred’s Premier piano course, and Bastien Piano Basics.  Check out the piano methods section of our website for even more suggestions.    We also have stickers and small items for prizes in our Gift Items category. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Last Call for the Nancy Bachus Piano Workshop 31 July, 2015

royal_town_crier_ap_ftrmjrLast call!  Don’t forget the annual piano workshop featuring Nancy Bachus, who will be presenting some of the best educational offerings for piano teachers from Alfred Music.  Come join us at Stanton’s for a morning of fun at the piano! The workshop is this Friday, August 7th.  Attendees can register at 8:30 AM and the workshop begins at 9:00 AM.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday, Enrique Granados! 27 July, 2015

00-37300Enrique Granados was born on this day in 1867, in the city of Lleida, Spain.  As a young man, he first studied piano in Barcelona, and later in Paris.  He returned to  Barcelona in 1889.  In 1911, he premiered his suite for piano,  Goyescas.  Goyescas is the most popular of Granados’ works. It is a suite of six pieces, each piece based on a painting of Francisco Goya.  He also wrote Valses Poeticos and 12 Spanish Dances.  His nationalistic music is uniquely Spanish in style.   Sadly, Granados and his wife, Amparo, died when a German submarine torpedoed their passenger ship during WWI.  Stanton’s stocks all 3 collections of works mentioned above.  Get one of them, expand your horizons, and add to your repertoire! For more information about this piano sheet music or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Stanton’s Welcomes Nancy Bachus 24 July, 2015

00-31352On Friday August 7th, Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus.   She is one of Alfred Music’s writers and editors. One of her series,  Exploring Piano Classics:   A Masterworks Method for Developing Pianists, pairs motivating performance repertoire with thoughtful technical studies. Each level contains a Repertoire book with CD and a Technique book, both with convenient page-by-page correlation. When used together, the books give students a deep understanding of the art of music, performance practices, and the necessary skills to play the piano with technical ease. Certified as a Master Teacher by MTNA, Nancy has taught for the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan and has 27 years of teaching experience at the college and university levels. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Liszt Society and was editor of its newsletter for many years. Currently, Nancy is on the faculty at Cleveland State University and maintains a private piano studio in Hudson, Ohio. She is married and has two daughters.  Come join us on August 7th!  Registration begins at 8:30 AM, and the workshop begins at 9:00 AM.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Hal Leonard Piano Library: The Twentieth Century 22 June, 2015

00297098Many famous composers are represented throughout this series of five collections : Bartok, Shostakovich, Bolcom, Norman Dello Joio, Paul Creston, Octavio Pinto, Morton Gould Tan Dun, Samuel Barber and many more. From elementary level to the upper intermediate level, this series takes a student from the early twentieth century through today’s composers who are still writing, such as William Bolcom and Tan Dun.  New works for piano on all levels of difficulty are constantly being composed. Try these out yourself, then pass them on to your students.  Pianists have the richest, most varied smorgasbord in the music world, so dig in! Click on the magnifying glass icon to see more about each collection. Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

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, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s Piano Workshop, Friday, August 7, 2015 , 9:00 AM 12 June, 2015

00-21388On Friday,  August 7,  Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus.   She is one of Alfred Music’s busiest writers and editors.  Nancy is also Associate Editor for Repertoire and Performance for Clavier Companion magazine. Her articles have been published in Clavier and Keyboard Companion (now Clavier Companion), and her series of 18 articles appeared in the “Athletes at the Keyboard” column for Junior Keynotes, the magazine of the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 1990 she co-authored The Technic Companion, a book for beginning pianists. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Baroque Spirit, The Classical Spirit, The Romantic Spirit, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, the Exploring Piano Classics series, and co-authored Great Music & Musicians, an outline of music history.  Come join us on August 7th!  Registration at 8:30 AM, workshop starts at 9:00 AM. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Jabberwocky! 03 June, 2015

Usually, one associates John Carter with sacred choral or piano music.  This delightful departure from 1-3372that genre is “Jabberwocky!”  The poem, from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice Found There”, has been musically illustrated in eight pieces.  “The Tumtum Tree”  is suitably reflective, and “The Jabberwock” is appropriately ominous.  This humorous collection was commissioned by a long-time friend of John Carter’s, Harvey H. Scholl.  Written on an intermediate level, this sheet music for piano solo is suitable for recitals or other performances.  (Perhaps a reading of the poem, accompanied by the pieces?)  For more information about this, or other piano collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Celebration Series 2015, New Editions for Piano 02 June, 2015

indexThe new Celebration Series 2015 for piano is off the press, and due to arrive at Stanton’s Sheet Music any day now!  The older two series, Piano Celebration Perspectives and Piano Odyssey, are both out of print, and Celebration Series 2015 replaces them.  This new series includes Piano Repertoire from level Preparatory A to Level 10; Piano Etudes from level 1 to level 10; Technical Requirements from Preparatory level to level 8; and Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests from level Preparatory A to level 10. Each Repertoire and Piano Etudes book includes a CD of the pieces, plus digital recordings which can be accessed with the code printed in the back of each book.  This code is behind the CD.  The Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests have a new online feature that allows students to practice aural exercises independently.  Each level of the Piano Repertoire books includes pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-21st Century periods.  Consider it as musical time travel! For more information about the new editions in the Celebration Series 2015, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, ext. 3, or email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Sonata for Piano, by Justin Dello Joio 28 May, 2015

Dello Joio. 00145153 Does the name sound familiar?  Justin Dello Joio is the son of Norman Dello Joio, so he grew up with composing and the piano.  Justin’s most recent print release is the “Sonata for Piano“.  This work is full of energy and intensity, and is dedicated to Vincent Persichetti,  with whom Justin studied at the Julliard School.  There is a recording of Garrick Ohlsson playing it available at Bridge records  (CD9220).  Especially if you like 20th and 21st century music, you need to check this out!  Classical music is not frozen at Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  Classical music is alive, so it grows and changes.  Don’t forget our past, and do embrace our future.  Dive in and check this out.  For more information about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Stanton’s Piano Workshop 12 May, 2015

00-26036On Friday,  August 7, Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus.   She is one of Alfred Music’s writers and editors.  A teacher, recitalist, and music historian, Nancy Bachus has been a featured clinician at numerous piano teacher organization and music conventions. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Nancy studied with pianist Eugene List and accompanist Brooks Smith, and more recently she coached with Fernando Laires. Nancy was one of the performers in the original “Monster Concerts” in New York City (Lincoln Center, Radio City and Carnegie Hall), the White House and on the two “Monster Concert” recordings.  Among the titles she has edited are The Baroque Piano, The Classical Piano, The Romantic Piano, and The Modern Piano. Each volume includes 2 CD’s, and insights on the social scene of the time, styles and musical trends that would have had an influence on the composers of that period.

Come join us for this clinic on August 7 from 9:00 – 11:30 AM.  Pre-registration is available by calling us at 1-800-426-8742 or register at the door beginning at 8:30.  This event is presented to you FREE of charge.  We hope to see you there!

New! “Little Blues Concerto” 27 April, 2015

00142801Eugenie Rocherolle is a composer, lyricist, pianist, and teacher.  Her works are known internationally.  This new piece for two pianos, four hands, “Little Blues Concerto“, is written for the early intermediate level.  Two copies of the score are included.  This is a welcome addition to the repertoire for two pianos, four hands; it’s contemporary, bluesy, and a challenge without being too hard.  If you have even one student at this level, you and your student should try this out.  For more information about this music or other music for two pianos, four hands, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Happy Birthday, Sergei Prokofiev! 23 April, 2015

06-410919This collection of piano sheet music by Sergei Prokofiev includes  Sarcasms, Visions Fugitives, and other short works for piano.  The introduction to this publication from Dover Publications tells about each work in this collection, and gives performance notes.  Prokofiev was one of the 20th century’s most prolific composers of piano music.  These pieces were written between 1907 and 1922, which were the great formative years of Prokofiev’s unique approach to keyboard writing. It’s a great sampling of pieces written by this great composer.  For more information about this collection, or collections from other composers, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini! 16 April, 2015

00-35259Even though we lost Henry Mancini on June 14, 1994, his music lives on.  We still enjoy hearing and playing movie favorites “Baby Elephant Walk” , “Moon River”  and “Pink Panther“, among many others. The “Songs of Henry Mancini“, from Alfred Music Publishing, includes fifteen movie and TV favorites for early advanced piano solo or vocal solo.  Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. Over his career, he was presented with two Emmy awards, four Academy awards, and twenty Grammy awards. We are likely to enjoy his music for years to come.  For more information about this collection or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Are You Planning a Piano Recital? 31 March, 2015

00-16710s4145Piano teachers, are you planning your spring recitals?  Stanton’s Sheet Music has lots to choose from, from teaching pieces by composers writing for several different publishing companies, to standard piano solos from the classical repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Mendellsohn and more.  Browse on our website, under “piano and electronic keyboard“.  More literature can be found listed under “OMEA”,  “Junior Festival” and “supplementary teaching materials”.   Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

2015 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits 19 March, 2015

00-44369The Deluxe Annual Edition for 2015 Pop & Movie Hits for big note piano and easy piano have been released. Carol Matz has arranged the pop pieces for the big note collection, and Dan Coates has arranged the pieces for the easy piano collection.  Songs included are; “Cool Kids” by Echosmith, “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Gravity” from the movie,  “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and more.  If you or your youngsters are wanting to play the most recent pop songs, these collections have what you want!  For more information about these collections 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!

Alfred Hitchcock, Music from the Films 10 March, 2015

14043301Alfred Hitchcock was so famous that he was the only film director whose name appeared on the cinema marquee above the film title.  He was hard on the actors, and he hated location shooting.  But in his Hollywood heyday, he made some creative collaborations with people he really valued: the composers.  He knew that music was important to the mood of a movie.  He wanted to put his audiences through the emotional wringer, and he knew that music was the key to achieving that goal.  Here, arranged for piano solo, are fifteen pieces from eleven movies.  Don’t scare yourself too much while you play them!  For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at www,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Great Irish Songbook 06 March, 2015

great irish songbookSaint Patrick’s Day is coming!  Dan Fox has arranged a book of Irish sheet music for easy piano with guitar chords and words to the songs.  Some jigs, reels and hornpipes have been included as well.  There are some traditional Irish songs, and quite a few Irish-American songs.  There are over eighty selections for Saint Patrick’s Day, so you won’t run out of music!  For more information about this book of Irish songs or others, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Mark Your Calendar – Sacred Choral Reading Session! 17 February, 2015

As the Lenten season continues and Easter gets closer and closer, Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

Your registration includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2014, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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