News & Views Saturday, May 30, 2015

Category: Piano Music

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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Simple Tools, Infinite Use 13 January, 2015

Here are three simple tools that can make a private music teacher’s life easier.  First, there is a useful tool called a “Wright-Way Notefinder”.  It is a music board that comes with a booklet of suggestions for how to use it.  This 6″ x 8″ board has a grand staff on it, and a note on a string that you can move up and down the staff.  The note finder is a fun tool to use, especially if the student gets to quiz the teacher!  Second, there is a little booklet called a “Wright-Way Practice Record”.  One page of this 4 1/2″ x 6″ booklet records the date of the assignment, the assignment, the time practiced every day, and two lines of blank staff for a special exercise, if needed.  The practice record can show the student how far he/she has progressed over time.   Third, there is the “Williams Bookkeeping Book“.  This 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ spiral book is a complete record of students’ lesson times and contact information, as well as the teacher’s  income and expenses.  The bookkeeping book is as practical as anything we have seen, and so easy to use!  For more information  about these products, or other, similar products, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Use Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Easter, 2015: What will you play for Easter? 08 January, 2015

It’s h00-34450ard to believe, I know.  Christmas is barely over, and now it’s time to think about music for Easter.  April 5th will be here before we know it!  For church pianists, the earlier selections are made, the more time there is to prepare.  “What Praise Can I Play for Easter?” is a collection of ten late intermediate to early advanced piano pieces arranged by Carol Tornquist.  “What Can I Play for Easter?” is a collection of ten late intermediate pieces for Holy Week, arranged by Cindy Berry.  For more information about these collections or others for Easter, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Some to listen, Some to play: Album for the Young 31 December, 2014

14043439This collection of sheet music for piano solo includes sixty-six classics written by the masters for piano solo.  Some are easy enough for children to play: “Les Cinq Doigts #1″ by Igor Stravinsky, “Melody” and “Soldier’s March” from Schumann’s collection, “Album for the Young” are among these.  The rest are to play for children.  There is a transcription of “The Elephant” from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

Francis Poulenc wrote about Babar, the little elephant.  “The Tea Shop” is a musical representation of Babar taking some friends to a tea shop, where they have some delicious cakes.  Two of J. S. Bach’s two-part inventions are included.  The most recent piece was written by George Fenton.  It’s called “At the Beach”.  This music can appeal to any age player,  or to play for any age child or young person.  The music spans several styles of composition.  It’s a perfect collection for exploring the classics from Bach to the 21st  century.  For more information about this collection or others like it, contact us at 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

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”!

Click to view slideshow.

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!

Happy Birthday, Scott Joplin! 28 November, 2014

06-258076Happy birthday to the “King of Ragtime Writers”!   Thus was Scott Joplin christened by John Stark, the publisher who dedicated his working life to promoting ragtime music.  Joplin’s the “Maple Leaf Rag” was the first ragtime sheet music to sell over a million copies.  Joplin also wrote waltzes, marches, intermezzi, tangos, songs, and a delightful opera called “Treemonisha“.  Dover publishes a volume called “Complete Piano Rags” by Scott Joplin.  It includes a biography of Scott Joplin and six exercises from Scott Joplin’s “School of Ragtime”.  If you love Joplin’s rags, this is the book for you!  All the pieces are original, not simplified. For more information about this collection of rags or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!





A Piano for Christmas 26 November, 2014

Christmas Medleys“, arranged by Phillip Keveren, is a collection of nine medleys for the Christmas season.  They are not00311414 too difficult to prepare, and with nine medleys to choose from, you can’t go wrong.  The “Angel Suite” includes “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “Angels from the Realms of Glory”, and  “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.  “Still, Still, Still”  is paired with Brahm’s “Lullaby”. For Epiphany, there is “We Three Kings” paired with “What Child is This?”  These lovely arrangements could be played at Christmas parties or banquets, too, or played at home for your own enjoyment.  For more information about this collection of Christmas sheet music or others, please call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Five-Finger Holiday Favorites 19 November, 2014

00129231Hal Leonard five-finger piano songbooks are designed for students in their first year of study.  This new collection includes several songs that have not been included in the same collection before.   There are eight songs, including fun favorites “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”,  the timeless “The Little Drummer Boy”,  “Somewhere in My Memory” from “Home Alone”, and four more.  This collection of easy sheet music for piano includes an optional duet part for another player.  “Holiday Favorites” will keep your youngster(s) busy playing these fun songs during the holiday season!  For more information about this book of Christmas piano music or others you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Christmas Jazz for Solo Piano 17 November, 2014

35029741Craig Curry presents another jazzy piano solo collection, this time for Christmas!  This collection of sheet music for Christmas piano has eight songs arranged in jazzy style by Craig Curry. Most are carols. There is a Santa Claus Medley  with “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Up On the Housetop”, plus “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”  from “The Nutcracker.”  If you play for parties, or if you play background music for banquets during the Christmas season, this is a great book of arrangements that are not “the same old, same old”.  The songs are just fun to play for your own enjoyment, too.  For more information about this collection of Christmas music or other similar collections, please 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!


Simply Beautiful 20 October, 2014

simply beautifulThis collection of nineteen hymn arrangements has a wonderful selection of various hymn tunes and gospel songs.  Several arrangers have contributed to this book of sacred sheet music.  The arrangements vary in difficulty from simple to moderately difficult, and include “I Am Bound for the Promised Land”, “Softly and Tenderly”, and “We’re Marching to Zion”.  Church pianists will return to this volume again and again for these general-use hymns.  For more information about this collection or 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!