News & Views Friday, February 05, 2016

Category: Piano Music

Selections from “Final Fantasy” 01 February, 2016

00148699“Selections from Final Fantasy” is a collection of intermediate  piano arrangements of twelve favorite themes from one of the most popular video games in the world. “Theme of Love” is well arranged, it still has the light, lyrical feel of the video game version.  “The Prelude” can be found in several places on Youtube.  Different people have tried to transcribe it.  The transcription in this collection is done well.  No more guesswork!  Pick up a copy of this gem, and enjoy yourself playing the 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!


Piano Music for Easter 25 January, 2016

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March 24 is Easter, and Lent begins on February 14. It’s time to begin the season early, as we musicians do. “What Can I Play for Easter?” is a collection  of late intermediate piano arrangements for Holy Week. Arranged by Cindy Berry, these ten easily prepared pieces are perfect for a busy Holy Week. From “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” to “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” every day of the week is covered.

A newly published collGetImage.ashxection, “His Sacrifice,” arranged by James Koerts, is a collection of eight intermediate pieces suitable for Lent or Communion. From the rousing “Power in the Blood” to the reflective “There is a Fountain,” this collection of piano solos is a delight.

For more information about these collections or others like them, 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!

 

 

 


Happy Birthday, Edward MacDowell! 18 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Edward MacDowell was born in New York City on this day in 1861. His earliest piano lessons were with Juan Buitrago, who was a Columbian violinist living with the MacDowells. His family moved to France by the time he was a teen, where he was admitted to the Paris Conservatory. From there, he studied in Germany. By 1888, he and his wife, Marian, returned to the United States. In addition to composing, MacDowell was also a renowned piano teacher. MacDowell’s Second Piano Concerto is very well known, as is his “Woodland Sketches,” one of America’s recognized classics. “To a Wild Rose” is likely the best known piece from this work, and every person who takes piano lessons long enough has played this little jewel of a piece. Happy birthday, Edward MacDowell!

For more information about this collection or other MacDowell collections, 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!

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.

 


Favorite Mormon Hymns 27 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

This collection, “Favorite Mormon Hymns” contains twelve early advanced level contemporary piano arrangements of favorite Mormon hymns from the time of the Mormon pioneers to the present day. The arranger is David Glen Hatch, who has performed and taught all over the world. Two medleys are included in this collection of piano sheet music; “Praise to the Man” with “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer,” and “Ye Elders of Israel” with “Called to Serve.” These  lovely arrangements are suitable for Sunday services or for recitals.

If you would like to know more about this collection, 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!

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.


Christmas Medleys for Piano 11 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Phillip Keveren has arranged nine Christmas medleys for piano on an intermediate level. It has not been easy to find medleys, so this collection, “Christmas Medleys,” is a welcome addition to the Christmas repertoire. These are suitable for church, recital, or for background music at a dinner or hospital lobby. (Some local pianists play in the Riverside Methodist Hospital lobby.) Phillip Keveren is a talented pianist, arranger and composer. His books of piano arrangements are among the most popular that we sell here at Stanton’s.

For more information about this collection of sheet music, or other piano solos for Christmas, 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!

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.

 


Veterans Day, 2015 04 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Veterans Day is next Wednesday! Do you have music ready for church? If not, and you have a partner to play piano duets with, consider “God Bless America,” which has eight patriotic titles in it. The duets are on an early/late intermediate level, so they could be easily prepared for the service. “America the Beautiful” is included, also “God Bless America” and six more. These would also be fun for playing at a veterans’ function for dinner music, or for a program at a dinner honoring our veterans.

Official Songs of the US Armed Forces” is a collection of piano solos of the five songs of the US armed forces, plus a medley. This solo collection is on a late elementary/early intermediate level.

The last offering for Veterans Day is “The American Songbook.” This collection of patriotic sheet music includes patriotic songs, patriotic Broadway songs written by George M. Cohan, and American folk songs. A sing-along CD is included with this book. We only have a few in stock, so don’t wait to order this!

For more information about these collections of patriotic music, or other similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, 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.


The Stanton’s Difference: Bring Your Students! 28 October, 2015

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

It’s been a while since we’ve added to this series of posts, but we were recently reminded of one more way that Stanton’s is special. Besides making it a road trip to work with our knowledgeable staff, you can also bring your students!

studentsRecently the band director from Versailles High School made the trip to Stanton’s via school bus (comfy!) and brought about 20 of her band students along. While she was previewing OMEA required concert band titles, her students were busy choosing their own solo and ensemble selections from our vast selection. What a great use of time, and a unique experience for the students! Besides finding their solo or ensemble piece with some guidance from their teacher, they were also free to check out a whole host of method and etude books, pop play-alongs, and holiday collections that were on-hand, as well. Honestly, one of the most satisfying feelings I get from state professional (MEA) conferences is seeing the high school all-state musicians excitedly finding repertoire that they want, books they have been recommended, and music just to play with their friends. It’s the ultimate treasure hunt!

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While a number of directors visit us on Saturdays or professional days throughout the school year, and some make a summer pilgrimage from nearby states, it is not unusual for us to see a school bus full of students pull into our parking lot about once or twice a year (don’t worry, we only cower briefly). After a quick “lay-of-the-land” tour, we are happy to turn them loose to shop, and they are welcome to take advantage of our first-hand instrumental knowledge, as well. We often hear from educators who have moved on to other states that they do not have a music supplier like Stanton’s even within driving distance, and many do not let customers freely browse all of their titles. Besides having directors take advantage of stopping by the store, what can be better than bringing aspiring musicians (and tomorrow’s teachers!) to musical Candy Land!?

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. He always feels the urge to read Edgar Allan Poe, the original novels featuring traditional Hollywood monsters, and other macabre tales this time of year, yet never does.


Piano Duets for Christmas 19 October, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Go, Tell It On the Mountain” is a collection of distinctive piano duet arrangements for Advent and Christmas. A blend of Christmas songs includes a spiritual, “Go, Tell It On the Mountain,” the German carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and the British Isles’ “The Holly and the Ivy.” They have been arranged for two advanced pianists by Victor Labenske. The duets are fun to play, and delightful to hear. Get started now for the Christmas season!

For more information about this collection of Christmas sheet music, 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!

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.

 


Is It Halloween, Already????? 30 September, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

No, it isn’t Halloween, already. It’s just that we musicians need to start practicing before a holiday occurs, so we have to start earlier than everyone else. For music teachers, it’s time to start students on their Halloween recital pieces. Stanton’s has Halloween piano pieces at every level, from primer to advanced. Many pieces are available as  single title sheets, while some are found in collections. Keep in mind that many advanced classical pieces for piano that we traditionally associate  with Halloween can be played throughout the year, including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas, used in Disney’s”Fantasia,” and “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod.

For more information about this holiday music, 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, 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.

 


Piano Music from the Impressionist Era 11 September, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel come to mind immediately when we think of impressionism in piano music. Isaac Albinez and Paul Dukas also composed in this style. Impressionistic music focuses on suggestion and atmosphere. It conveys more moods and emotions of the subject rather than a more concrete musical picture. In “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” by Debussy, we get the impression made by seeing the girl, but we don’t get a clear tone “picture” of her. Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit” also gives an impression without the clear tone “picture” of the subject. If you haven’t tried this type of beautiful music, get a mixed collection of Impressionist composers, and check it out!

For more information about this collection or type of music, 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 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.

 


Fall, Time for New Beginnings 02 September, 2015

00-2104Fall brings the beginning of school.  It also brings new piano students and the return of those who have been studying piano for some time.  Stanton’s carries many of the most popular piano methods for teaching, and lots of standard literature for all ages and levels of players.  We have record books for teachers, and practice records for students.  We have easy piano solos for very beginning students, and Barenreiter and Henle editions for the advanced high school and college pianists.  Browse our website to see what we offer in piano music.  Then give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or go ahead and order online.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


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 keyboard@stantons.com, 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 keyboard@stantons.com, 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 keyboard@stantons.com, 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 keyboard@stantons.com, 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.