News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Category: Composers

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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Hymns for a Raney Sunday 02 January, 2020

hymns for a raney sunday joel raneyrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

Hymns for a Raney Sunday arr. Joel Raney, Moderately Advanced
A play on the arranger’s name, the title of this piano collection also reveals its contents: hymn arrangements by Joel Raney, featuring a water theme. The music covers a wide range of moods, so even if your Sunday isn’t rainy or reflective, it can still fit your service needs.

Titles include: “Like a River Glorious,” “The Unclouded Day,” “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Deep and Wide with There Is a Fountain,” “Wade in the Water,” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “Deep River.”

Find more piano music from Joel Raney on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your worship needs. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

This Is the Time to Sing 30 December, 2019

this is the time to sing mary mcdonaldrecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal & Handbell Music Specialist

This Is the Time to Sing by Mary McDonald
This collection captures the musical essence of ten of Mary McDonald’s anthems and distills them into beautiful settings for solo voice and piano. Titles included are: “Child of Peace,” “Children Bound for Heaven,” “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Folk Hymn Suite,” “He’s Got the Whole World,” “Rise Up, Children, Arise,” “Sacred Harp Suite,” “Sing and Shout Together, Children,” “There Is a Happy Land with Sweet By and By” and “This Is the Time to Sing.”

For more vocal solo repertoire for worship, visit our website or contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

4-Hand Inspirations by Jay Rouse 11 December, 2019

4-hand inspirations jay rouserecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

4-Hand Inspirations arr. Jay Rouse, for 1 piano/4 hands, Intermediate Difficulty
Piano partners are sure to inspire audiences with these arrangements by Jay Rouse. Designed for use throughout the church year, this collection provides seasonal selections for celebratory and contemplative moments in worship. Titles include: “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” “We Three Kings,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear with Away in a Manger,” and “Come, Thou Almighty King.”

Email us at keyboard@stantons.com for more 4-hand repertoire suggestions, or browse our website for ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

NEW from Randall Standridge 05 December, 2019

alarm randall standridgerecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Alarm by Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
Sound the alarms! This bombastic work will make an exciting addition to your next concert and keep your students motivated from rehearsal to rehearsal. Searing dissonances, tri-tones, and syncopated rhythms have been utilized carefully to create a challenging, yet achievable piece with active parts for all players. Sure to be a hit with musicians and audiences alike.

legacy overture randall standridgeLegacy Overture by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
This overture was written in memory of Dr. John Wacker, former Director of Bands at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, who tragically lost his life in a car accident on his way to playing a gig on his trumpet in 2014. Many aspects of Dr. Wacker’s personality are reflected in “Legacy Overture,” including his incredible heart, knowledge, sense of humor, and empathy. Written in a “classic” ABA overture form, the B middle section features a gorgeous trumpet solo. Your students will love preparing and performing this engaging band work!

march of the arachnids randall standridgeMarch of the Arachnids by Randall Standridge, Grade 2.5
“March of the Arachnids” is the second movement in the composer’s “Garden Suite,” following “Frogs” from 2018. “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Shoo Fly” serve as its primary melodic material, though given a minor mode and 6/8 twist. Composer Standridge shows off his chops brilliantly by combining the two melodies for a rousing ending. This strikingly original march is perfect for any performance venue and is a fantastic way to teach your students how to play in fast 6/8.

Thrash by Randall Standridge, Grade 3.5-4
This unique and highly aggressive work was inspired by the heavy metal bands of the 1980s. Capturing the driving rhythms, dissonant harmonies, and savage sense of musical motion, this “heavy metal overture” relies on percussion and orchestrated power chords. Wow!

when summer's in the meadow randall standridgeWhen Summer’s in the Meadow arr. Randall Standridge, Grade 1.5
With its title originating in one of the most poignant, nostalgic lines of text in the Irish folk song “Danny Boy.” Standridge has created a dreamily beautiful setting of this beloved song, accessible to young bands. A number of scoring elements elevate this approachable work to a higher musical plane, including a unison clarinet section, well-placed chromatic passing tones, and dramatic counter-melodies. Bands at all levels will want to program this gorgeous arrangement, as the opportunities for expressive music making are nearly endless!

where words end randall standridgeWhere Words End by Randall Standridge, Grade 2
Sometimes, music is not “about” anything. It exists solely for the beautiful sounds it creates and the emotions derived from that aesthetic experience. “Where Words End…” falls firmly into this category of music. This expressive piece makes creative use of the ranges and colors available for young bands to create a truly remarkable new work for students and directors alike. “Where words end, music begins…”

If you need more repertoire ideas for your concert band, contact us to “program with the pros!” Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

The Music of Marianne Kim 14 November, 2019

1653recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Marianne Kim is a Chicago based full-time musician working as composer, arranger, pianist, organist, clinician and studio musician. Marianne’s versatile musical ability encompasses a diverse range of musical styles, such as classical, jazz, R&B, rock, Broadway musical, traditional & contemporary church music, and more.

Born and raised in Busan, Korea, Marianne studied classical piano and composition at Pusan Performing Arts High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree of music at Pusan National University, Korea. After working professionally over 15 years in the States, she has returned to the graduate school for her master’s degree of jazz studies and also for organ studies at Northern Illinois University where she has been given scholarships, awards, and the opportunity to teach jazz piano classes since 2013. Marianne has studied organ with James Russell Brown and Margaret McElwain Kemper, and jazz piano with Willie Pickens, Frank Caruso, Reginald “Reggie” Thomas and Alan Swain.

piano impressions for worship marianne kimPiano Impressions for Worship
Arranger Marianne Kim brings artistic creativity to each of these solo piano settings of fourteen well-known titles. Traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel music and some of today’s most popular praise titles are all included. Each setting is set in an easy-to-read moderate level of difficulty, and are useful for a variety of occasions and many parts of the worship service. Titles include: “10,000 Reasons,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Lamb of God,” “Shout to the Lord,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “How Great Is Our God,” “In Christ Alone,” “Sanctuary,” and “Spirit of the Living God.”

Piano Impressions for Worship II
This collection of solo piano settings is the second volume of well-known contemporary titles arranged by the skillful hand of Marianne Kim. Each arrangement contains a perfect balance of nuanced harmonies along with a slight touch of jazz that Marianne is so adept at composing. Ideal for worship, these settings are of moderate difficulty. Titles include: “Christ, Be Our Light,” “Hymn of Promise,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Gift of Love,” “You Are My All in All,” “All Is Well,” “You Are Mine,” “Because He Lives,” “As the Deer,” “I Love You, Lord,” “Soon and Very Soon,” and “Be Not Afraid.”

4-hand piano impressions marianne kim4-Hand Piano Impressions Volume 1
Arranger Marianne Kim brings artistic creativity to these 8 well-known titles in this collection of 4-hand piano settings. Traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel music, and some of today’s most popular praise titles are all included. Each setting is set in an easy-to-read moderate level of difficulty, and are useful for a variety of occasions and many parts of the worship service. Titles include: “10,000 Reasons,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “His Eye Is On the Sparrow,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Shout to the Lord.”

For more information about the music of Marianne Kim, please visit our website or contact us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Caryn G. has over 21 years of experience working at Stanton’s in both the Piano and Choral departments. During her career, she has been a church pianist/accompanist and a piano teacher. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

Judy S. has 30 years of private piano teaching experience and 40 years as a church pianist. Her experience makes her a valuable connection for anybody who calls the piano department.

John Rutter Carols for SA & Men 15 October, 2019

john rutter carolsJohn Rutter Carols for SA & Men
This collection includes nine of John Rutter’s most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. These festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world. Titles include: “All Bells in Paradise,” “Angels’ Carol,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Donkey Carol,” “Love Came Down at Christmas,” “Mary’s Lullaby,” “Star Carol,” “The Very Best Time of Year,” and “What Sweeter Music.”

Original voicings of these carols can be found individually, or in Rutter’s other collections “John Rutter Carols,” “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Find more holiday carol collections on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Rediscovered Aram Khatchaturian 26 September, 2019

00295695-wlWorks for Piano: Aram Khatchaturian

Most pianists know Khatchaturian’s Toccata and his Sonata best. This collection reintroduces a few pieces from his first and last periods. From his early works are the “Waltz-Caprice” and the “Dance and Poem.” In the final year of his life (1978), he wrote “Vocalise,” which is the last piece in this collection. These compositions show Khatchaturian’s sense of melody, color, and rhythms, elements which have been his signature. This is well worth exploring if you like Khatchaturian’s works.

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy 16 August, 2019

lorenz-532983Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy by Andre J. Thomas
A true testament to his strength and skill as a composer, Andre Thomas’s “Mass” combines the power of love and joy with the beauty and sophistication of top-tier choral music. Written in five movements, the Mass can be performed in its entirety or as separate selections – each movement is available as a separate octavo (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). This gospel-style work may be performed with piano, piano with bass and drums, full orchestra, or the piano accompaniment CD. The Mass is dedicated to the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

Find more exciting large works from living composers on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Paul Manz – 1919-2019 09 August, 2019

2019 marks 100 years since the birth of the great composer Paul Manz (May 10, 1919–October 28, 2009). Celebrate his legacy this fall with some of his most remarkable works.

mornin-msm50-0001-fE’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come for SATB a cappella
Considered one of the finest 20th century American sacred choral anthems. Frequently performed and recorded around the world. Appropriate beyond Advent. A MUST in every choir library.

God of Grace for Moderately Easy to Moderately Difficult Organ
Paul Manz’s hymn improvisations have long been essential repertoire for church organists. This collection of previously published works combines favorite improvisations on hymns that have wide ecumenical appeal. The collection contains complete indexes of all Manz publications and recordings. This will be used week after week by organists in all denominations. It is also appropriate for students.

mornin-msm90-39-fThe Journey Was Chosen: The Life and Work of Paul Manz by Scott Hyslop
This biographical work examines the unique factors that have shaped and formed the life and music of one of the most influential organists of the latter half of the twentieth-century. Constructed in four parts, this book includes a full biography; an analysis of his chorale-based organ and choral works; a collection of essays by composers, theologians, musicians, and family; and web access that includes sound clips, radio interviews, manuscripts, video, articles, and programs. This book will be of great interest to anyone who knows and enjoys the music of Paul Manz.

Sing to the Lord: The Paul Manz Hymnary by Scott Hyslop
A collection of the hymn tunes and liturgical settings written by Paul Manz over the course of his life and career as a church musician. Dr. Hyslop writes, “the hymn tunes and liturgical songs of Paul Manz give witness to a life filled to the brim with doxology, and in turn, we see and hear a life dedicated to leading others in full-throated doxological praise.”

“Deep Field” by Eric Whitacre 30 July, 2019

04005896-wlDeep Field by Eric Whitacre, for wind ensemble, SATB choir, and smartphone app
GRAMMY® Award-winning American composer Eric Whitacre‘s symphonic work “Deep Field” was inspired by the world’s most famous space observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and its greatest discovery, the iconic Deep Field image. The new film Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe illuminates the score by combining Hubble’s stunning imagery, including never-seen-before galaxy fly-bys, with bespoke animations to create an immersive, unforgettable journey from planet Earth to the furthest edges of our universe. The soundtrack features a new, epic Virtual Choir representing 120 countries: over 8,000 voices aged 4 to 87, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Eric Whitacre Singers.

The smartphone app playing the “Deep Field” electronica should be triggered by audience members from bar 217 to the end of the piece, as cued by the conductor. The app is free and must be downloaded in advance of the performance. It is available via the App Store and Google Play Store by searching “Deep Field.”

Listen to “Deep Field” and Eric Whitacre’s notes about it below, or contact us for more information!

Carols & Lullabies by Conrad Susa 23 July, 2019

ecs-4839-fCarols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest by Conrad Susa is an outstanding collection bringing together ten of the most beautiful carols of the Spanish-speaking world, artfully arranged and performable either individually or as a suite. The harp, marimba, and guitar accompaniment lends itself to the Hispanic flavor of the piece. Titles included are: “Oh, mi Belen” (Biscayan); “El Desembre Congelat” (Catalonian); “Alegria” (Puerto Rican); “A la Nanita Nana” (Spanish); “Las Posadas” (Spanish); “Campana sobre Campana” (Andalucian); “En Belen Tocan a Fuego” (Castilian); “El Noi de la Mare” (Catalonian); “Chiquirriquitin” (Andalucian) and “El Rorro” (Mexican).

Newly available as a separate octavo is the “A la Nanita Nana” movement, perfect for programming individually on any holiday performance.

“Heavenly Home” by Shawn Kirchner 12 July, 2019

leon-531992Composer Shawn Kirchner burst onto the scene with three early American songs from his collection “Heavenly Home.” Each of the three songs was first published separately, now available all together as they were originally intended in a real value package. Program as a set or individually.

Also available individually:
Unclouded Day (#1 from “Heavenly Home”)
This enduring gospel favorite is set with a straight-forward first verse and chorus. The next two verses combine traditional bluegrass vocal style with counterpoint and fugue, resulting in a crescendo of excitement. Also available TTBB.

Angel Band (#2 from “Heavenly Home”)
Simple, soaring descants, countermelodies, and rich harmonic textures provide a symphonic breadth to this arrangement that encompasses the full, four-octave range of the choral instrument.

Hallelujah (#3 from “Heavenly Home”)
This amazing work, premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, director, is a contrast of homophonic refrains against polyphonic verses. Beginning with the austere Sacred Harp tune HEAVENLY HOME, California composer Kirchner sets hallelujahs leaping and plunging and circling through the choir to thrilling results.

Composer Profile: Sarah Quartel 24 May, 2019

sarah quartelSarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah’s choral works are performed by children, youth, and adults throughout the world and her work as an educator connects exciting musical experiences with meaningful classroom learning. Sarah is an educator in Ontario, Canada and continues to work as a guest clinician at various music education and choral events internationally. She currently lives and writes in both Ontario and Hawaii.

The music of Sarah Quartel is available through Stanton’s from Oxford University Press. For more information about Sarah and her music, please visit her website.

Stanton’s Recommends:
Wide Open Spaces by Sarah Quartel, SATB with piano
Commissioned for the 2015 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, “Wide Open Spaces” reflects on the journeys and adventures to be found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us. The uplifting melody is passed from the upper voices to the lower voices before the piece opens out into an expansive texture with rich harmonies. Quartel introduces a playful episode of scat singing before a resolute final chorus brings this evocative piece to a peaceful and serene close.

The Birds’ Lullaby by Sarah Quartel, SSAA a cappella
This a cappella setting of evocative words by E. Pauline Johnson is immediately appealing, with its playful, swinging syncopations and dancing scat accompaniment.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Sarah Quartel, SATB a cappella
This lively reimagining of the traditional hymn is a thrilling a cappella arrangement which pairs the soaring legato melody with a rhythmic vocal accompaniment. Together, these elements capture both the gentle hope and the profound joy contained in the text. Also including moments of tenderness and reflection, the piece comes to a rousing close with an energy that engages singers and audience alike. Also available in a version for SSA unaccompanied.

Gershwin: Three Preludes for Piano 23 May, 2019

00285679-wlThis new edition of the Gershwin Three Preludes for Piano has been edited by Brendan Fox and Richard Walters. They studied the original edition which was published by New World/Harms Inc in 1927, and consulted manuscript sources at the Library of Congress and recordings of George Gershwin playing the Preludes. George Gershwin’s “Preludes” have been a beloved staple of American piano repertoire since they were first published in 1927. This newly engraved edition includes a preface about the history of the preludes, detailed notes about sources, and fingering.

For more information about this new edition or other Gershwin piano works, call us at 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!

Considering Matthew Shepard 15 April, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, “Considering Matthew Shepard.”

leon-526583Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson
Perhaps one of the most important major works of our time. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Moving among styles ranging from Lutheran hymnody to blues to Broadway, this modern-day Passion will move many listeners to tears even as it reaches beyond tragedy to peace, understanding and forgiveness.” For the advanced choir looking to make an impact on students and community this is worth every bit of effort it requires.

Individual movements available separately:
The Innocence
This 17th movement from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard” is planted right in the middle of the passion. Remembering a time when life was full of promise and dreaming was an activity filled with hope, a tenor soloist opens this movement wondering where all of these promising times have gone. The full choir supports the soloist with the repeated question “Where, O where?” but an answer doesn’t come.

Gently Rest (Deer Lullaby)
This is a song of comfort for Matthew’s mother – Conspirare performed this work for the interment service of Matthew at the National Cathedral where his ashes were laid to rest. The lilting 7/8 meter creates a feeling of rocking, of cradling. The violin solo represents a halo of light and took its original inspiration from the profoundly beautiful violin solo in “Erbarme dich” from Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

leon-531141Deer Song
Four movements from the end of the “Passion” section of “Considering Matthew Shepard” we hear from a deer. It has been well established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption. Established that Matt loved the outdoors and it is fitting that a deer should sing “All night I lay there beside you, I cradled your pain in my care.” The women sing this delicate text accompanied by three soprano soloists who bring the breeze and the hope of redemption.

Meet Me Here
As the first movement of the Epilogue, here is movement number 30 from the major work “Considering Matthew Shepard.” This is the singers and the listeners first chance to begin the healing process. To “meet me where the old fence ends and the horizon begins.” We are reminded that “There’s a balm in the silence,” “There’s a joy in the singing,” and “We’ll sing on through the darkness.” This is music that easily stands alone from the major work and lifts all our spirits in every context.

leon-514784All of Us
Described as “brilliant” and “heartfelt,” this is the final movement “Considering Matthew Shepard.” With elements of hymnody, American folk and gospel music, this single movement will allow mixed choruses everywhere to come to understand and be lifted up by this powerful music.

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 26 February, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/2/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Emily Crocker. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Kapustin Etudes, Opus 67 07 February, 2019

49046054recommended by Barb M., Keyboard & Folk Music Specialist

Newly published by Schott, this collection of Three Etudes Op. 67 composed in 1992 by Nikolai Kapustin presents more new advanced piano recital material. The first etude, entitled “Glissandi,” is written in a swing jazz mood. In No. 2 “Ripetizione” the difficulty lies in the complexity of the rhythm. No.3 “Grappole” contains hand clusters in quasi “grape form.”

This 20th and 21st century composer was born in Ukraine and studied piano in Moscow. He uses jazz idioms in formal classic structures. Check out YouTube to find various leading concert performers playing Kapustin’s works. This current composer is worth checking out! His works are challenging and interesting with jazz flavor and classical Russian blend.

For more information about this publication or other Kapustin works, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at 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.

NEW from Eric Whitacre 28 December, 2018

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular musicians of our time. His concert music has been performed throughout the world by millions of amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 120 different countries.

New from Eric Whitacre this season:

leon-524125i carry your heart for SATB a cappella
Written for best friends of the composer and premiered by the LA Master Chorale. The heart of this piece is reflected in the text “i am never without it.” This is an intimate text set in an intimate way.

Glow for SATB with piano
Simple and welcoming, Glow was performed for the first time by the World of Color Honor Choir at Disney’s California Adventure Park. The Honor Choir, made up of over 700 singers from across America, were selected to be part of the night-time spectacular Winter Dreams show. Now available in new voicings for SAB, SSA, and TBB.

The Seal Lullaby for SATB with piano
This loving and dreamlike work captures the undulating rhythm of a mother rocking her child to sleep. The text is a classic by Rudyard Kipling: “Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us, At rest in the hollows that rustle between.” Magical! Now available in new voicings for SAB, SA, and TB.

leon-00283875-fGoodnight Moon for SATB with piano
Originally composed for harp, string orchestra and solo soprano, next adapted for soprano and piano and now finally available for SATB choir and piano. This SATB setting takes a whimsical approach to the text we as parents have read hundreds of times. The harmonic structure is transparent and the choral writing is smart and a joy to sing.

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus for SATB & children’s choir with piano
“Although his name was Jabez Dawes, his character was full of flaws!” With an hysterical text by Ogden Nash, Eric Whitacre has brought all of his theatrical skills to this three movement work and tells a wonderful story that will leave parents smiling and young children determined to be “even better” so as not to meet the same fate as young Jabez. This is a holiday treat for singers, players and audiences.

Find more from Whitacre on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Composer Profile: Shawn Kirchner 17 December, 2018

ShawnKirchnerby Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Shawn Kirchner has recently become a composer name that I am especially excited to see come across my desk. His choral writing is strongly influenced by folk traditions around the world, as evident in both his arrangements and original compositions, which are equally compelling.

A composer/arranger, singer/songwriter, and pianist active in the music circles of Los Angeles, Kirchner’s choral works are performed throughout the world. His appointment in 2012 as the LA Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence was the culmination of an ongoing creative relationship with music director Grant Gershon, resulting in numerous commissions and premieres at LA’s Disney Hall. Kirchner has also collaborated with and/or written for many leading choral ensembles across the country, including Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Lorelei Ensemble, San Diego Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, and the Atlanta Master Chorale.

The music of Shawn Kirchner is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. For more information about Shawn and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Unclouded Day, Weevily Wheat, Sweet Rivers, I Will Arise and Go, Cornerstone, Wana Baraka

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.