News & Views Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Category: Piano Music

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!

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!