News & Views Thursday, December 18, 2014

Category: Piano Music

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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, 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, http://www.stantons.com.  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 keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


What Can I Play On Sunday? Book 6, November and December 13 October, 2014

Church pianists sometimes have to really hunt hard for hymn arrangements to play for special Sundays in the Churchwhat can i play on sunday calendar.  The “What Can I Play on Sunday?” series addresses the need for appropriate pieces for seasonal use.  Book Six includes a hymn each for All Saints Day, Christ the King Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Advent, and six arrangements for Christmas.  The arrangements are at a late intermediate level.  If you play for church, this would be a useful collection of lovely arrangements for November and December!  For more information about this collection of sacred sheet music or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Across the Field! 03 October, 2014

Across the Field” is Ohio State University’s football fight song.  It was composed by William Doughtery, a student at OSU, in 1915.  The words to “Carmen Ohio” were  written by Fred Cornell, a cheerleader at OSU, in 1902.  The tune is a hymn tune called “Madrid”. “Come Christians, Join to Sing” is the hymn most often sung to that tune.  Both tunes are in the condensed score for “College Songs for School Bands“, (catalog #03750096) from Hal Leonard.   The condensed score can be used for piano. Words are not included.  Songs from other colleges are included in this book of sheet music. too.   For more information about this collection of college fight songs, or other collections of sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com .  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Hallowe’en Time! 30 September, 2014

things that go bump in the nightFor musicians, it’s Hallowe’en time!  That’s because we have to practice to play for those speciblack catsal occasions, so our holidays start earlier.  Stanton’s has a great selection of easy to intermediate piano solos and books for Hallowe’en.  Some piano teachers have Hallowe’en recitals with a party following the recital.  Perhaps a youngster could play a fun Hallowe’en song for music class at school.  Why not get several musical friends together and share fun and favorite songs?  For more information about our selection, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


National Federation of Music Clubs Festival 29 September, 2014

piano teacherimagesThe Junior Festival isn’t all that far off, especially when your students need to practice  to get ready!  Here at Stanton’s Sheet Music, we try to have plenty of copies of the selections from the Piano Solo Event.  We also try to have a good selection of the music from the Piano Duet Event.  If you need multiple copies, we should have enough, especially in the lower levels.  If not, we are always happy to order what you need.  Come in to browse through the Federation music!  As always, check the Federation’s website for updates to the list.  Stanton’s is open Mon-Fri, 9-5, and 9-4 on Saturday.  You may also 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!

 


Play Hymns, arranged by Melody Bober and Robert Vandall 10 September, 2014

play hymnsPlay Hymns” is a series of traditional favorites from elementary level, (Book 1), through late intermediate, (Book 5), published by Alfred Music.  Most of the hymns are common to many different denominations.  For those of us who grew  up in church, our first experience in group singing was probably in Sunday School and Church, so some people will have early memories of these hymns.  Each level of these  books includes the words for a verse to each hymn. Books 1 and 2 include a duet part for a teacher or parent to play along with the student.  For those who simply love to play hymns at home, or for those who like to play sometimes in Sunday School or Church, this is a fun series of books to play from!  For more about this series or other piano music you may be interested in, 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!


Piano Lesson Books 08 September, 2014

music for little mozartsTeachers and parents have begun to buy music and lesson books for their children.  At Stanton’s, we have lesson books for nearly everything  alphabetically from accordion to zither. (Really!)  In the piano department, we have a wide selection of piano method books from Aaron to Thompson.  Some of the newer methods come from the Alfred music publisher, (the Premier series), FJH publishing, (Helen Marlais’ “Succeeding at the Piano” seriesalfred premier piano course), and Alfred’s “Music for Little Mozarts” series, which is written for four-year-old beginners on piano.  We have the classic favorites such as Schaum‘s Pre-A lesson book series, and Thompson’s  ” Teaching Little Fingers to Play”, followed by the “First Grade” book and on up.  You can get familiar with the piano methods we offer by checking our website.  You may also contact us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Piano Music with Special Effects 28 August, 2014

sneezes snorts and snifflesSneezes, Snorts & Sniffles” is a fun collection of seven piano pieces by Wendy Stevens.  Written on an elementary level, these pieces have words to sing , and each piece has some special effects to perform at the right moments.  Boys especially will appreciate this!  It involves sneezing,  snoring, and more!  For more information about this collection or other easy piano sheet 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.


“Toys” – 44 Easy Original Piano Pieces 05 August, 2014

49043989This delightful collection of piano solos about toys includes works from Robert Schumann (1810-1856) to Daniel Kemminer (born 1978).  There are pieces about dolls and teddy bears, clocks and music boxes, a police car chasing a fugitive, and one piece about a game-“ludo”- which turns out to be Parcheesi.  These pieces were written in the classical tradition for children.  Schumann wrote “Album for the Young”  as a birthday present for his daughter, Marie.  Tschaikowsky wrote an “Album for the Young” also.  These little masterpieces are fun to play, and expand the repertoire for early level players.  For more information about this collection or other collections of easy classical piano solo sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Classical Favourites from Russia 31 July, 2014

ue36070522994f3a8ff7_195x255Russia has a rich heritage of classical music.  Much of that heritage has been shared with the rest of the world.  We all know at least something about Tchaikowsky‘s  “The Nutcracker”, represented in this collection of sheet music by “The Dance of the Reed Flutes”, and “Swan Lake”,  represented by the main theme from “Swan Lake”.  “The Flight of the Bumblebee”  came from Rimski-Korsakov’s opera, “The Tale of Tzar Saltan”.  Khatchaturian‘s “Sabre Dance” came from his ballet, “Gayane”.  In all, there are thirteen pieces by six Russian composers  transcribed from the string repertoire for piano by Nicolai Podgornov.  This fun collection of intermediate to advanced pieces will entertain you for hours, and add to your repertoire of performance pieces for recitals or just for enjoyment.  For more information about this collection or other music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 25 July, 2014

00125210The music of James Newton Howard, composed for “Catching Fire”, is now available for piano solo!  Eleven pieces from the second of  The Hunger Games trilogy are included in this book of sheet music from the movie.  The story written by Suzanne Collins took shape on film, and this music expresses the emotions of the characters and the feel of the environments they have to deal with.  There is a certain satisfaction when playing  “Arena Crumbles“.  For more information on this collection or other movie music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Piano Workshops, August 8 and 9! 10 July, 2014

00420168On Friday August 8, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, there will be a free workshop for piano teachers at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. 4th st.  Enter from Noble St., which runs East and West between Main st and Mound St. Parking is free.  You may get to Noble St. from either 4th St. or 5th St.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  This year, Randall Faber, co-author of the Piano Adventures series, is our workshop leader.  Come meet him and learn how the Piano Adventures series of lesson books can help your students to learn the piano skills they want and need!

The next day, Saturday August 9, from 2 PM to 4:30 PM, Larry Shackley, a well-known arranger of sacred music, will present new arrangements of sacred piano music.  Registration is at 1:30 PM.  Come listen to these new arrangements, and see what you want to buy to play for your church, Sunday School, or just for yourself to play at home.8622

Both of these popular annual events are well attended, fun and informative. They are only about a month away. Come join us! You may call us at  1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at  keyboard@stantons.com for more information.


The Romantic Tango 06 June, 2014

Ah, tango, full of fire and romance.  The dancers are so passionate and the music is so rhythmic and driving.  New tangos are still being written and the genre is still very much alive.  This collection of sheet music for tango, “Viva el Tango, Volume 2“,  includes eight classic tangos written by Argentine composers.  Listen to the composer/arranger, Diego Collatti perform “Don Agustin Bardi”  here.  Why not expand your repertoire and try a few pieces from this collection of intermediate to advanced Argentine tangos?  For more information about this collection or other sheet music collections for dance, 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!

Satie Beyond the Gymnopedies 03 June, 2014

Three Morceaux en forme de Poire” was Erik Satie‘s first important contribution to the repertoire for piano duet.  Translated as “Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear”, it is an admittedly odd title for a set of piano duets.  “Poire”,(pear) is also used in French as an unflattering name for an idiot or a fool,  so the title could be a play on words.  The pieces are difficult, as we may expect from Satie.   These are a worthy addition to  your own piano duet repertoire.  Though not often performed, and they deserve a hearing.  Barenreiter has published an excellent edition that includes performance notes.  For more information about this collection of sheet music for piano duet, or other piano duet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

River Flows in You and Other Eloquent Songs for Solo Piano 30 May, 2014

river flows in youThis collection of twenty-four timeless solos includes “Ballade Pour Adeline”  through   “River Flows in You”. The pieces are intermediate to advanced level.  This fun collection brings together pieces that have not been in the same collection before.  “Somewhere in Time”,  “Cristofori’s Dream”  and  “Cinema Paradiso” are all in this book of sheet music for piano. You can play for your own enjoyment, or informally entertain friends.  For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Call  Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!