News & Views Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Category: Piano Music

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!

Let It Go, Happy and More Hot Singles 29 May, 2014

Hot fun in the summertime!     This collection of simplified arrangements of recent pop hits is great to keep up kids’ interests in the coming summer.  “Let It Go”  and “Happy”  are only two of the five songs in the book.  This will keep youngsters engaged and motivated  for weeks.  Check it out!  For more sheet music collections for beginning pianists, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com.   Contact Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Best of Count Basie 23 May, 2014

00109306Best of Count Basie” is a collection of twenty-two hits played by Count Basie and his band.    It includes his theme songs “One O’Clock Jump” and “April in Paris“.  Count Basie was active as a musician and band leader for sixty years, recording with many famous singers such as Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn.  He kept the big band sound alive into the early 1980′s.  This collection includes the best known titles of the standard big band literature, arranged for vocal solo with piano.  Some pieces are piano solo, like “Topsy” and “Jive at Five“.  For more about this collection or other big band collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us a keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Yiruma-The Best-Reminiscent-10th Anniversary 13 May, 2014

Yiruma is a pianist and composer from South Korea.  This collection of sheet music for piano honors his tenth anniversary.  There are pieces from 2001, “Wait There“, several from 2008, including “Loanna“(which was written for his niece),  and several from 2011, including “River Flows in You“.  Yiruma has also composed music for films and plays.  His style is most often classified as “New Age” or “World Music”. He performs in Asia, North America and Europe to sold-out concerts.  This is the first Yiruma collection we have seen in print!  For more information about this sheet music 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.

Joni Mitchell Guitar Songbook 28 April, 2014

This collection of guitar sheet music by Joni Mitchell includes the songs from eighteen albums of her works.  “Joni Mitchell Complete So Far” includes words, chords and tablature for her songs.  Joni Mitchell is forever experimenting with various tunings, so the tuning for each song is given, along with directions for use of a capo when called for.  At the beginning of the book there is a biography by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. One of the interesting stories about Joni Mitchell is about how she traveled Europe for about a year with a dulcimer and a flute.  Most of the album “Blue” was written on that dulcimer.  It has been a long time since a Joni Mitchell songbook has been published, so this collection is a welcome release!  For more information about this collection or other personality collections, 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!

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!