News & Views Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Category: Piano Music

Happy Birthday, Sergei Prokofiev! April 27, 1891- March 5, 1953 27 April, 2016

peterSergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russia, in 1891. His mother, Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova, was his first musical  influence. She taught young Sergei piano, and was a fine pianist herself. She notated his first composition, “Indian Galop,” when he was just five years old!

In 1904, at the age of 13, Prokofiev entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory to study piano and composition, studying with Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov. He was already experimenting with unconventional composition styles, which sometimes ruffled the feathers of his teachers. In 1918, after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian Cultural Commissar allowed Prokofiev to tour the world.

He returned to Soviet Russia permanently in 1936. He wrote everything from his difficult concertos to music for young people. “Music for Children” Opus 65 is a lovely collection of intermediate short 00296755pieces with emphasis on themes of interest to children and youths. Other piano works include his 9 Sonatas, and Visions Fugitives, Opus 22. “Peter and the Wolf,” a long time children’s favorite, is an orchestral piece, but it has been transcribed for piano in several editions, the easiest of which is probably the Schaum edition, which is about a Level 3.

For more information about Prokofiev’s music, or other Russian composers, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Happy Birthday, Erik Satie! 25 April, 2016

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Probably the most famous pieces written by Erik Satie are the “Gymnopedies” and the “Gnossiennes.” He wrote much more than just those works, however. Barenreiter is releasing other works during this 150th year after Satie’s birth. These works include “Avant-dernieres pensees” (“Penultimate Thoughts”), “Les fils des etoiles” (“Preludes”), and “Embryons deseches” (Dessicated Embryos”). The latter is a set of three pieces about sea creatures, believe it or not! They have no meter, so you can have fun figuring out how best to play these pieces. “Penultimate Thoughts” is likewise without meter.

Celebrate Satie’s birthday by learning one of his works that is new to you! For more information about this music, contact 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.

 


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!


Annual Sacred Piano Reading Session, August 13, 2016 30 March, 2016

MarkHayesDon’t forget to mark your calendar! Our sixteenth annual Sacred Piano Reading Session is being held August 13, 2016. Registration is at 1:30, and the session is from 2 PM to 4:30 PM. It’s free, and so is the parking at 330 South Fourth St, Columbus, OH 43215. Our featured clinician is Mark Hayes, an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is always a popular clinician, so please arrive early. This inspirational event will help you choose your new sacred piano music to play at church, as well as at home. See you there!


Sousa’s Great Marches 19 February, 2016

06-231321Sousa’s Great Marches” is a collection of Sousa’s best, selected and introduced for  piano solo by Lester S. Levy. This collection of original sheet music for twenty-three of Sousa’s marches, including a reproduction of each cover page, is great for patriotic occasions, concerts, or recitals. Among others, the best known marches included are “The Gladiator,” “Semper Fidelis,” “The Washington Post,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Order your copy today, and enjoy these fun-to-play transcriptions!

For more information about this collection or other music you have an interest in, 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!


Boogie and Rags 11 February, 2016

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

14003831Beginning Boogie & Rags for Piano” is an easy-to-play collection of fourteen arrangements of music by Scott Joplin, George Botsford and Frank Metis, among others. This is a great introduction to boogies and rags for any student or early level player who would like to explore other styles of music for piano. “The Entertainer,” “Palm Leaf Rag,” “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and “Ballin’ the Jack Boogie” are among the pieces presented here. Jump in and get your feet wet, try something new!

For more information 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.

 


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.