News & Views Friday, April 25, 2014

Category: Piano Music

Ballet & Other Dances 21 April, 2014

This collection of piano sheet music from the dance repertoire covers music from around the world. There are Russian dances:  “Jazz Suite #2” by Shostakovich  and “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofieff; America is represented by Copland-”Hoedown“, and Richard Rogers- “The Carousel Waltz”.  Europe is represented by many composers: Bartok’s “Round Dance”,  Strauss’ “The Blue Danube“, and Delibes‘ “Coppelia Waltz” among them.  South American dances include Ginastera’s “Danza del Trigo” and Piazzolla‘s “Vuelvo al Sur“.  In all, there are thirty pieces arranged for intermediate piano.  It’s not easy to find a collection like this one!  For more information about this collection of piano sheet music or others like it, contact 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 Decade Series-Songs of the 30′s 15 April, 2014

In the 1930′s Wall Street crashed and so did the Hindenburg.  Hitler and Mussolini allied their countries and began ramping across Europe and North Africa.  Japan attacked China.  On the positive side, Prohibition in the USA was over.   Germany’s loss was America’s gain when Kurt Weill , (he wrote “September Song“), came to the US and joined the ranks of the Broadway masters.  Times were, as always, changing. Talking movies were displacing vaudeville.  The Thirties was the decade of the big bands.  Benny Goodman‘s band had a theme song, “Let’s Dance“.  Glenn Miller‘s orchestra had its first hit, “In the Mood“.  Bing Crosby,(he sang “Pennies From  Heaven“), was young.  A young Walt Disney produced his first full length animated cartoon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” , from whence came “Someday My Prince Will Come“.  This collection of 1930′s sheet music, “Songs of the 30′s” , is full of about sixty songs including the songs already mentioned.  Sing through the thirties!  For more information about this collection or others like it, 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 Music of James Reese Europe 11 April, 2014

James Reese Europe 00110581was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880. Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music. He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz. Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands. Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914, the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”

James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad. This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing. It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Keyboards! 10 March, 2014

The oldest type of keyboard instrument is the pipe organ.  It dates to the third century B.C. There are many types of organs.  Over time, there have been many keyboard instruments, and plenty of music to go along with them.   One of the earliest collections of music for a keyboard instrument was the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, which is a collection of compositions by many composers.  There are other collections for virginal, but the Fitzwilliam collection is probably the best known.  There is so much music written for keyboard instruments that we may never run out.  There is music from at least 1562  to the present, from John Bull and John Dowland to Lowell Lieberman and Diane G. Rahbee.  The most common keyboard instrument nowadays is the piano, of course.  Parents who can afford it make sure their children have an opportunity to explore the piano for at least a few years.  All kinds of courses of instruction exist for learning to play the piano.  There are lots of sheets and books of keyboard music for classical, popular, jazz, rock, blues…..well, everything.  If you play a keyboard instrument, you should never get bored. If this article gets you interested in the endless variety of keyboard music, feel free to ask questions at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Best Blues Songs Ever 19 February, 2014

It’s not easy to find blues songs.  This book, however, “The Best Blues Songs Ever“, is full of over 70 blues songs that aren’t easy to find otherwise.  It includes “At Last“,  “Stormy Weather“, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out“,  “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Cow Cow Blues“, and plenty more.  Check out this collection of blues sheet music! A vocalist can sing along with the pianist, or with a guitarist-the chords are printed above the staff.  The melody is carried in the right hand of the piano part, so this collection can be used for piano solo.  For more information about this sheet music collection,  or other categories of 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!

Hurrah for Saint Patrick’s Day! 18 February, 2014

Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when we are all Irish!  There are two books of Irish sheet music in particular that are perfect  for Saint Patrick’s Day.  One is “The Great Irish Songbook“, arranged and edited by Dan Fox.  There are 49 songs, reels, and jigs included.  There are songs from old Ireland,(“The Foggy Dew”),   American Irish songs, (“Paddy Works on the Railway”),  and songs from stage and screen that were sung by those of Irish extraction, (“Mary’s a Grand Old Name.”) The second is a book of songs from old Ireland called “The Irish Songbook“, including 75 songs  in all collected and sung by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  Here is a treasure trove of songs straight from the island of Ireland.  There are drinking songs,(“Johnny is a Roving Blade”), comedy songs, (“The Black Cavalry”), protest songs, (“The Lowlands of Holland”),  funny political songs, (“Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-i-ay), and anti war songs, (“My Son Ted”).   Brush up on songs you’ve known before, and learn a few new ones for the special occasion!  For more information about these songbooks or other Irish music, 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!

David Lanz, New Age Pianist and Composer 14 February, 2014

David Lanz, of Seattle, Washington, started playing piano gigs in the 1960′s  when he was a teenager.   He began playing his own compositions when he was playing in the night clubs, and his pieces were well received.  Beginning in the 1980′s, he began composing what is regarded as “New Age” music, and he has released albums on a regular basis since then. His most well known piece is “Cristofori’s Dream”, a tribute to the piano’s 17th century inventor,  Italian  Bartolommeo Cristofori.  Stanton’s carries some of David Lanz’ sheet music albums:  “Here Comes the Sun“, “Sacred Road“, and a mix of pieces from different albums, “Solos for New Age Piano“.  If you have wanted to play David Lanz compositions, we probably have what you want!  For this New Age music or other sheet music by other New Age composers, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

John Williams, composer 06 February, 2014

John Williams is one of the most prolific writers for film in the U.S.A. In a period of time over 60 years,  he has written for E.T., Home Alone,  the Star Wars  films, Jurassic Park, Superman the Movie, three of the Harry Potter films, Schindler’s List, Jaws, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to name a few.  This collection of sheet music, “John Williams, Greatest Hits from 1969-1999“,  includes twenty-eight pieces written by Williams for the movies, beginning with “The Reivers” Main Theme from 1969.  February 8th is John Williams’ birthday. Happy Birthday, John Williams!  For more information about this collection of movie sheet music or other things you may be interested in, 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!

Happy Birthday, Franz Schubert! 31 January, 2014

Franz Schubert was only thirty-two years old when he died in 1828.  Nevertheless, he was very prolific during his life.   In addition to composing symphonies, chamber works, and string quartets, he composed a lot of  piano solo music. There are twenty-one piano sonatas, the impromptus, D. 899 and D. 935, and the Moments Musicaux.  Some of the most-performed piano sonatas are D840, D845, and D960.  He also composed more piano duet music than any other major composer.  The most famous of his duets is Marche Militaire, D733, #1.  Investigate this rich legacy of piano music!  You may contact 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!

Be My Valentine 27 January, 2014

Are you playing or singing for a Valentine’s Day party?  This “budgetbook” is just the thing!  There are seventy-four songs in “Love Songs” from Hal Leonard.  In many cases, the melody is in the right hand, so this collection of sheet music can be played for piano solo or to accompany a singer.  There is enough material in this book to keep you going all week long!  For more information about this collection or more collections or sheets of love songs, call 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!

OMEA Piano List 16 January, 2014

Piano teachers and instrumental directors have the same questions every year about the OMEA contest list: ” What is on the list for each class?  What movement(s) are to be played? ”      Stanton’s has made it very easy for you! First, go to http://www.stantons.com. Then click on “Piano and electronic keyboard”.  Then click on “OMEA”, and the three classes pop up: A, B, C.  Click on the class, and you can usually see the pictures of the music covers and prices (which may change every so often), of the music in that class.  Click on the cover of the music, and you get more information: which piece(s) are in which class,  what parts of each piece are to be played, and whether we usually have that edition in stock.  For more information, 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!

Lent and Easter Music for Piano 14 January, 2014

Lent doesn’t start for about nine weeks, but we know how the time flies!  We also know that ” Practice makes perfect.” (Or at least, it makes better.) “A Month of Sundays, Easter and Lent“,  is arranged by Jan Sanborn for advanced piano.  Four weeks of Lent are planned out with a Prelude, an Offertory, and a Postlude for each Sunday service.  Another top seller is “Prayludes for Spring“,  arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram.  This contains nine flexible piano medleys for Lent, Easter and Pentecost.  Stanton’s has other piano collections for the Easter season.  Check us out at http://www.stantons.com , email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more sacred music for piano solo.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Music for Epiphany 19 December, 2013

The season of Epiphany begins on January the sixth, and typically ends on the second of February. The events included in Epiphany are the visit of the Magi, the presentation of the baby Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, the baptism of Jesus, and the miracle at the wedding in Cana.

It isn’t very easy to find pieces to play during Epiphany.  Some pieces for piano can be found in “What Can I Play on Sunday? , Book 1: January and February Services” arranged by Cindy Berry. We usually have organ books in stock that contain music for Epiphany: “The Parish Organist Part Six“   from Concordia, and three collections from Morning Star:  “6 Hymn Settings for Epiphany” by Wilbur Held, “Three for Epiphany” by Paul Manz,  “Three Epiphany Preludes” by Robert Hobby, and “Carols Before, Carols After” compiled by Kris Kropff.  It’s not too early to choose your music for church; Christmas and Epiphany will be here before you know it!

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It’s All About Patterns 16 December, 2013

Scales and chords and arpeggios, oh my!   How often have we heard someone lament that scales are “hard”?  Well, tedious, maybe, but scales don’t have to be “hard”.  Scales are all about patterns, and once the pattern is clear, building scales becomes much easier.   Chords are all about patterns, too.  Learn the patterns, and unlock the door.  Knowing scales well means that no matter what key you are in, you are not in unfamiliar territory.  Knowing the keys and scales intimately saves the player’s sanity.   That key signature change becomes a road sign, not a speed bump or barricade.  We speak our native language fluently, and when we know our scales and chords well, we speak music fluently.  For more information about The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences,  or other similiar products, 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.

Give a Gift of Music 12 December, 2013

Are you looking for Christmas gifts for musicians?  Stanton’s has something for every age group!  For music teachers who need some small gift for their students, there are music pencils for 40 cents each, refrigerator magnets for $1.50, bookmarks for $1.99, and much more.    For students searching for gifts for their teachers, there are music ties for $13.95, scarves for $14.95 and $17.95,   and beautiful Pashmina scarves for $21.95.  For that special someone, we have water globe music boxes for $45.00, or jewelry priced from about $2.00  and up.  Maybe you can find some sheet music or a music book or two that appeal to someone in your life.  If you aren’t sure about what to get, there are gift certificates available in any amount you choose.  Christmas is coming, and we at Stanton’s are stocking up to serve you!  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!

Joy Noel, by David Lanz 29 November, 2013

This is the matching print music for David Lanz’s 2012 Christmas CD.   All fifteen piano solos are in this book of Christmas sheet music for piano, including  Lanz’s  arrangement of John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas(War is Over)”.  These pieces are relaxing to listen to and rewarding to play.  Each solo is a jewel.  Play for yourself or for friends.  If you  play piano for your  church services, there are several sacred pieces in this collection that would serve well for a prelude; “Coventry Carol”, “Good King Wenceslas”, and a few more.  For more information about this collection or other Christmas solo sheet music, 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!

Christmas Sheet Music 20 November, 2013

Christmas sheet music for piano is always fun to have.  There are plenty of songs for PVG,  (piano, vocal, guitar), that can be played on the piano  or on the guitar.  The songs can be played by both piano and guitar while everybody sings, too.  Some titles are for piano solo on various levels, easy to advanced. Stanton’s has a lot of Christmas sheet music, also books of songs for everything from very easy piano to advanced, accordion to ukulele, and collections of Christmas solos for the band and orchestra instruments. There is a nice selection for  organists as well.  Browse our website to see what suits you best! Whether you play for fun, for friends or family, for church or for parties, you will find something that is just right for you.  Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Ragtime Ragtime! 14 November, 2013

The Big Book of Ragtime Piano contains sixty-three Ragtime piano pieces, a few of which are also in “Fifty Classic Piano Rags”.   A few rags written by women composers have been included.  “Hoosier Rag” was written by Julia Lee Niebergall,  “Pickles and Peppers“  was written by Adaline Shepherd.  “The Thriller Rag” was written by May Aufderheide Zez Confrey‘s “Kitten on the Keys” is in this collection of Ragtime sheet music.  Some of these pieces are hard to find elsewhere.  This is a great resource for Ragtime piano solos.  Play for your own enjoyment, or play for a party or piano bar.  You can’t go wrong.  Just don’t play Ragtime too fast!  For more information about this collection or other collections of piano sheet music, 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.  Answer to “Why “rag” time?”-The “rag” term referred to the syncopation used in Ragtime music.

Ragtime! 12 November, 2013

Probably the best known Ragtime composer is Scott Joplin. He perfected the “rag” after all, and has been referred to as “The King of Ragtime.”  There are other Ragtime composers worth noticing.  Joplin sponsored young talent in Sedalia, MO, including  Arthur Marshall and Scott Hayden. There were white ragtime composers and players: Percy Weinrich and Clarence Woods among them.    Fifty Classic Piano Rags is a collection of ragtime pieces representing fourteen ragtime piano composers.  Some of these pieces are hard to find, such as Artie Matthews’ five Pastime Rags. This collection is well worth a close look.  For more information about this or other Ragtime 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.  Trivia question: why is it “rag” time?  (See the next Ragtime installment.)

Famous & Fun… 30 October, 2013

Piano teachers and parents!  Now that your students/children are back into lessons , there will be opportunities to introduce new and fun collections to play.

Alfred’s Famous & Fun series has a new set of Famous & Fun books-Famous & Fun Rock.So far, there are Books 1, 2 and 3.  Another set of Famous & Fun books is the Pop Christmas series, which goes up to a level 5.  It may not be too early to get the Christmas books.  These tend to fly off the shelves!   For more information about other popular or Christmas books for piano, 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.