News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Composers

IN ONE MONTH: Lloyd Larson Church Music Reading Sessions 10 July, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

Sea Symphony NEW EDITION 21 June, 2024

A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The vocal score of “A Sea Symphony” was first issued in 1918, and the orchestral score was published six years later. Reflecting the experience of performances following the 1910 Leeds Festival premiere, together they included Vaughan Williams’s revisions up to that time, and have remained the staple texts for performances and recordings of the work for over a century. However, with the preparation of a new edition of the full score to incorporate the evidence of the composer’s further thoughts over four decades, and to correct errors and inconsistencies that came to light after a thorough checking of the source materials, the need to create a fresh redaction of the vocal score proved a welcome opportunity.

The result, presented in a modern, accessible engraving style, is fully compatible with its predecessor, retaining rehearsal marks but also adding bar numbers to assist choirs using a mixture of both scores. Where appropriate, the layout of the piano part has been altered for greater consistency and ease of playing, and discrepancies of punctuation, word division and capitalization in the underlay, overlooked in the original setting, have been corrected according to contemporary best practice. The occasional archaic language of some footnotes has been revised. Walt Whitman’s text is reproduced diplomatically, as set by the composer. A complete account of the editorial procedure will be found in the preface and critical commentary of the new edition of the full score, published in 2023 along with newly originated performing material.

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Join Us with JIM GALLAGHER for Excellence in Choral Literature 2024 19 June, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Church Music Sessions with Lloyd Larson in August 05 June, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

New LEROY ANDERSON Titles for Community Band 08 May, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

The Girl in Satin by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3
This reimagined band edition by Mark Rogers breathes new life into an absolute gem by Leroy Anderson. This publication features the first full score offered with the parts – as well as an alternate transposition in C to avoid some of the technical difficulties bands may encounter with the composer’s original key.

China Doll by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 3.5
The year 1951 was very productive for Leroy Anderson. For a recording project with Decca records in June of that year he composed a number of his most popular pieces, many of which were played for the first time in these sessions, including this delightful composition, “China Doll.” It’s a great choice for any time of year, but is also an ideal substitute to the perennial holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers.

Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
Like Anderson’s signature piece “Sleigh Ride,” “Horse and Buggy” is another example of his extraordinary ability to sketch a nostalgic scene in sound on a small canvas without a wasted motion. Here, a different horse pulls a different vehicle through a vanished landscape of long ago. This exclusive Southern band edition by Mark Rogers reintroduces Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

Serenata by Leroy Anderson/arr. R. Mark Rogers, Grade 4
“Serenata” was first performed on May 10, 1947 as an encore at the Boston Pops, with Arthur Fiedler conducting. Fiedler would later praise the piece as among the conductor’s favorites. Lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish in 1950, which would lead to recordings by the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole. With a beguine rhythm as a background, Anderson’s inspiration from the Latin-American serenade would give the piece its title. This publication is the first-ever to offer a full score, edited by Mark Rogers, offering Anderson’s enchanting work to new generations of audiences.

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

DON’T MISS the 31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature Session This Summer! 07 May, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

DON’T MISS IT: Church Music Reading Sessions with LLOYD LARSON 30 April, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

SOUND THE TRUMPET: New Masterwork Editions for Choir 26 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Sound the Trumpet by Henry Purcell/arr. Alfred Moffa & Rollo Dilworth, SAB with piano
A fresh voicing of a classic favorite, this piece will help introduce mixed ensembles to the Baroque style.

À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn/arr. Adam Burnette, SSA with piano
“À Chloris” is one of Reynaldo’s most successful songs, composed in 1916. Arranged here for SSA choir and piano, Hahn’s timeless melody is well-suited to choral groups.

Averte Faciem Tuam by Tommaso Traetta/ed. Martin Banner, SSA with piano or optional orchestra
This 18th-century Italian piece is part of a larger work, “Miserere in F Minor.” This edition is based on a handwritten copy by Johann Simon Mayr and is scored for treble choir with piano or optional orchestral accompaniment.

Baciai per aver vita by Vittoria Aleotti/ed. Jami Lercher, SATB a cappella
The Amanda Quist Choral Series features this new edition of Vittoria Aleotti’s a cappella setting of “Baciai per aver vita” skillfully edited by Jami Lercher. Clarity of line and a firm harmonic base make this Renaissance madrigal accessible for your school or festival choirs – in addition, where can you find a piece featuring the impact of three women?

Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm as the Night) by Carl Bohm/arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century German composer, Carl Bohm wrote sturdy and dependable music for the voice. John Leavitt brings his scholarship to this beautiful piece full of word painting and packed with emotion.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Masterpieces for the Modern Pianist 24 April, 2024

Masterpieces for the Modern Pianist: A Unique Classical Collection of Favorites and Undiscovered Gems
An extensive 272-page classical piano collection of original piano solos from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and early 20th Century masters that juxtaposes familiar pieces with lesser known gems. Popular favorites such as Chopin’s “Minute Waltz,” Rachmaninoff’s “C-sharp minor prelude,” the first movement of Bach’s “Italian Concerto,” and the fast and furious 3rd movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” intermingle with seldom heard but equally delightful pieces by Melanie Bonis, Cecile Chaminade, Thomas Wiggins, Rentaro Taki, and Ignacio Cervantes. The brief composer biographies also include a concise description of each piece.

This thoughtfully selected publication is organized traditionally by era, and would be beneficial as a reference copy for a piano teacher, as recital or sight-reading music for an advancing piano student, and especially for an amateur or recreational pianist in search of new repertoire for perhaps the superior kind of piano playing: solitary enjoyment! The book features a comb-bound spine so pages will always stay open.

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Both Sides Now: Choral Music from JONI MITCHELL 19 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Both Sides Now arr. Roger Emerson, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Taken in the context of modern cultural offerings of singular musical artistic expression, Joni Mitchell’s 1969 masterpiece stands out as a touchstone of style, lyricism and theme. Roger Emerson, himself carving out a space in the late-’60s southern California rock scene when “Both Sides Now” was written, sets up the Canadian’s inimitable refrains and rhymes in a choral setting in a way that is absolutely astounding.

Big Yellow Taxi arr. Adam & Matt Podd, SATB with piano
This is Joni Mitchell’s call to action to prevent the damage we are doing to the environment. This brilliant arrangement by Matt and Adam Podd unpacks the form and repeats the line “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”. Appropriate for the concert stage and any concert about sustainability, the environment or any time.

River arr. Mac Huff, SATB with piano and optional cello
This classic song by singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell is one of the most recorded ever, by artists of many musical styles. Appropriate for standard concerts or Christmas/Winter concerts, this “concert pop” arrangement is powerful and tender at the same time. The optional cello intensifies the longing and loneliness.

The Circle Game arr. Audrey Snyder, SATB with piano and optional rhythm
Songstress Joni Mitchell is a titan among the music industry, transcending the generations with her melodies and lyrics, infinitely singable the world over. 1966’s “The Circle Game” chronicles the inevitable story of a child becoming an adult – and this Audrey Snyder arrangement is complete with fully transcribed and tuned Guitar and Bass parts.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature 09 April, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

Be Joyful: Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Charles Callahan 29 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Be Joyful (12 Postludes on Familiar Hymns) arr. Charles Callahan
Callahan imbues each of these 12 tunes with a sense of fun, thus the title of this collection. These are big, buoyant pieces, a perfect way to end worship or punctuate a recital. Varied in difficulty levels, but none are daunting to learn. Titles include: “Coronation,” “Dix,” “Duke Street,” “Engelbert,” “Hyfrydol,” “Hymn to Joy,” “Jefferson,” “Judas Maccabeus,” “Nun danket alle Gott,” “Regent Square,” “Simple Gifts,” and “The Ash Grove.”

Eight Quiet Preludes on American Hymntunes arr. Charles Callahan
Eight beautiful and calming settings of favorite American hymn-tunes. These settings could easily become standards in any organist’s repertoire. Titles include: “Assurance,” “Beecher,” “Dunlap’s Creek,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “Lacquiparle/Lac Qui Parle,” “Let Us Break Bread,” “Materna,” and “Samanthra.”

Alleluia: A Postlude Collection by Charles Callahan
Compiled and edited by Charles Callahan, this useful collection includes pieces by himself and the composers Campra, Fiocco, Hesse, Salome, Foote, and Spence.

O God Beyond All Praising arr. Charles Callahan
Charles Callahan’s imaginative arranging skills are applied; the result is a volume of noble and useful music. Titles include: “Agincourt Hymn,” “Jerusalem,” “King’s Lynn,” “Repton,” “Terra Beata,” “Thaxted,” and “Thornbury.”

The Rejoicing by Charles Callahan
Includes past favorites that have been revised as well as new material. Titles include: “Postlude on St. Denio,” “Celebration,” “The Rejoicing from Suite in G,” “Trumpet Tune from Suite in D,” “Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen,” “Postludium on Ein feste Burg,” and “Postlude on Darwall’s 148th.”

English Hymn Tune Suite arr. Charles Callahan
Full of color and variety, these settings will delight you and your congregation. Detailed suggestions on registrations will help you achieve the full effect of Charles Callahan’s vision of these five beloved English hymn tunes: DEO GRATIAS; LAUDATE DOMINUM; KINGSFOLD; NICAEA; and THAXTED. Accessible but satisfying.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

LLOYD LARSON is Coming This Summer! 26 March, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

Rachel Portman: Beyond the Screen 25 March, 2024

Beyond the Screen: Film Works on Piano by Rachel Portman
With “Beyond the Screen,” Rachel Portman has curated some of her most cherished film music for solo piano. She refers to the piano as her best friend, adding “I spend all day with it, most days. I think probably I’m pianistic in my soul.” Hence, piano miniatures are a natural second life for her highly melodic scores. The album comprises various new solo piano arrangements by the composer based on her well-known soundtracks such as “Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules,” or “The Duchess,” as well as a piano suite from her Oscar-winning original score “Emma.”

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Weather: Stand the Storm 13 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Weather: Stand the Storm by Rollo Dilworth, SATB divisi, Speaker(s) and Wind Ensemble or piano
Historically, the arts have always fulfilled the dual roles of responding to change while at the same time creating change. “Weather” is a poem that gives voice to the voiceless, especially those who have been and continue to be marginalized because of difference. It responds to and reflects realities that are both culturally specific and humanly universal. Professor Claudia Rankine challenges all of us (no matter our background or lived experience) to know better, to do better, to take action, and to become agents of social justice and social change.

This work for choir, narrator, and piano with optional Wind Symphony or Chamber Ensemble, is to be a learning and growing experience for the singers, the audience, and the conductor/teacher in all ways emotional and intellectual . There is a companion resource for “Weather” intended for students, educators, conductors, and audiences to learn more about the social, political, and historical context of this work. This guide offers an opportunity for everyone to deeply engage with “Weather” and understand its critically important social and historical context. The guide, created by Dr. Colleen Sears, Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, encourages us to honor the intent of Claudia Rankine’s poetry and Rollo Dilworth’s music; to become better citizens in our communities and to bridge divides through our shared humanity.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Organ Music by Women Composers 12 March, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers
“The Oxford Book of Organ Music by Women Composers” presents a comprehensive survey of historical organ pieces by women composers alongside six newly commissioned pieces. The music is stylistically varied and encompasses both secular and sacred repertoire from a range of periods. In addition to original organ repertoire, the collection also contains several organ transcriptions in new arrangements for the instrument.

Female Composers
A treasure house with organ pieces by female composers complete with composer bios. Contents: Elisabeth Stirling (1819-95), Movement • Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929), Andante and Larghetto • Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Marche funèbre • Ethel Smith (1858-1944), Prelude and Fugue on ‘O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid’ • Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), Prélude, Petit Canon and Improvisation • Elsa Barraine (1910-1999), Prélude et Fugue • Ruth Zechlin (geb. 1926), Laudate • Emma Lou Diener (geb. 1927), Fiesta • Sieglinde Ahrens (geb. 1936), Invocation • E. Stirling: Movement Ab-major • E. Andrée: Andante • Largo • C. Chaminade: Marche funèbre op. 171 • E. Smyth: Prelude and Fugue on “O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid” • J. Senfter: Fantasie und Fuge G major “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgensterin” op. 30 • N. Boulanger: Prélude • Petit canon • Improvisation • E. Barraine: Prélude et Fugue • J. Demessieux: O filii (Variations) • E. Szöny: Dance tune • R. Zechlin: Laudate • E.L. Diemer: Fiesta • L. Robert-Diessel: Song-B. • Heller: Persian Song • Notte di Maggi/A night in May • S. Ahrens: Invocation • I. Loudová: Monument • V. Dinescu: Rows of Symbols • E.M. Houben: Chorale Prelude “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” • D. Koptein: Chorale Fantasia “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig” op. 4.

Women Composers’ Album
A wonderful collection of largely unexplored yet charming works. Fifteen composers are represented, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel among them. Titles include: “Rigaudon” and “Rondeau” by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre; “March in D,” “Aria,” and “Gigue” by Elizabeth Turner; “Allegro in D” by Anna Bon; “Andante Espressivo” by Hélène Riese Liebmann; “Chorale, Op. 3, No.” and “Andante, Op. 3, No. 5” by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel; “Prelude in g minor, Op. 16, No. 1” by Clara Schumann; “Duo” by Elizabeth von Herzogenberg; “Postlude in f minor” by Luise Adolpha Le Beau; “Postlude: Introduction and Fugue” by Adela Douglas-Pennant; “Andante espressivo (Sonatine)” by Hedwige Chrétien; “Even Song” and “Andante Grazioso (Introductory Voluntary)” by Kate Boundy; “Chorale” by Alice Sauvrezis; “Invention dans le style ancient” by Henriette Renié; “Adoration” by Florence B. Price; and “Berceuse” by Germaine Tailleferre.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Organ Music of PDQ Bach: Honoring the Legacy of Prof. Peter Schickele 29 February, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

Peter Schickele (1935-2024) was an American composer, musical educator, and parodist, best known for comedy albums featuring his music, which he presented as being composed by the fictional P.D.Q Bach, the “youngest and the oddest of the twenty-odd children” of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Little Pickle Book (Pöckelbüchlein) (S. 6) by P.D.Q. Bach/tastefully edited by Peter Schickele, for Organ, at least
1. Toccata et Fuga Obnoxia
2. Chorale Prelude: Ave Maria et Agnus Dei
3. Fantasia sopra “Fraülein Maria Mack”
4. Lullaby and Good Night

    Three Chorale-Based Piecelets (S. III) by P.D.Q. Bach/edited, in a highly organized fashion, by Peter Schickele, for Organ
    I. Chorale: “Orally”
    II. Chorale Prelude on an American Hymn for the Last Sunday Before the Fourth Day of the Seventh Month After New Year’s Eve
    III. Chorale Variations on “In der’ Nacht so hell der Petrus ist mein Freund”

    Sonata da Circo (Circus Sonata) (S. 3 Ring) by P.D.Q. Bach/whipped into shape by Peter Schickele, for Organ or Whatever
    I. Spiel Vorspiel
    II. Entrada Grande
    III. Smokski, the Russian Bear
    IV. Toccata Ecdysiastica

    Toot Suite (S. 212) by P.D.Q. Bach/scholarly edited by Peter Schickele, for Calliope or Organ, 4-hands
    I. Preloud
    II. O.K. Chorale
    III. Fuga Vulgaris

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    Organ Music from ANNA LAURA PAGE 13 February, 2024

    more hymns pipes and praise anna laura page

    recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

    More Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Contemporary worship songs have become integrated into traditional worship, and here’s a “second serving” of the skillful and tasteful blending of more popular worship songs with hymns for the organ. Titles include: “Awesome God (with All Glory, Laud, and Honor),” “Because He Lives (with Blessed Assurance),” “Before the Throne of God Above (with Great Is Thy Faithfulness),” “Blessed Be Your Name (with In Heavenly Love Abiding),” “El Shaddai (with What a Friend We Have in Jesus),” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (with And Can It Be),” “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (with When In Our Music God Is Glorified),” “Open the Eyes of My Heart (with O Worship the King),” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (with How Great Thou Art),” and “What a Beautiful Name (with Glorious Is Thy Name).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Praise arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with praise songs very nicely arranged for organ. Titles include: “Amazing Grace (with Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone),” “Holy Is the Lord (with Lord, I Lift Your Name on High),” “My Jesus, How I Love Thee (with I Love You, Lord),” “How Great Thou Art (with How Great Is Our God),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with As the Deer),” “No, Not One! (with Shout to the Lord),” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with There Is a Redeemer),” “O Worship the King (with Here I Am to Worship),” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand (with In Christ Alone),” and “Holy, Holy, Holy (with Holy Is the Lord).”

    Hymns, Pipes & Classics arr. Anna Laura Page
    Ten medleys of hymns blended with classic works by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Titles include: “Ash Grove (with Handel’s Thanks Be to God),” “Hyfrydol (with He Shall Feed His Flock),” “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (with Sheep May Safely Graze),” “Infant Holy (with Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring),” “Fairest Lord Jesus (with Bach’s My Heart is Ever Faithful),” “Sweet Hour of Prayer (with Nocturne),” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee (with Ave Verum),” “St. Agnes (with Mendelssohn’s If With All Your Hearts from Elijah),” “Hanson Place (with Prelude in C Major by Bach),” and “Lancashire (with Allitsen’s The Lord Is My Light).”

    The King of Heaven arr. Anna Laura Page
    All five hymn tunes included in have one theme: Praise to God, the Father. These settings will offer great ideas to organists in planning service music, including preludes, postludes, and ideas for hymn introductions, alternate hymn harmonizations, and codas appropriate for congregational singing. Titles include: “I’ll Praise My Maker,” “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above,” and “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

    I Will Ever Sing to Thee arr. Anna Laura Page
    Anna Laura Page has created eight accessible arrangements of familiar hymn tunes, each primarily associated with a text related to the theme of music itself or singing. These useful pieces make excellent voluntaries throughout the church year and will be especially welcome for festival services that involve a musical focus. Titles include: “Amazing Grace,” “When in Our Music God Is Glorified,” “Fill the Earth with Music,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “I Will Sing of My Redeemer,” “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above,” “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and “When the Morning Stars Together.”

    And Through Eternity I’ll Sing On arr. Anna Laura Page
    From the creative spirit of Anna Laura Page comes this volume of hymn tune settings that resonate with themes most deeply felt during the Lenten and Holy Week seasons: grief, suffering, repentance, prayer, and contrition. Each of these nine spirituals is a masterpiece in miniature, drawing us all closer to the cross of Christ at this most sacred time of year. Titles include: “There Is a Balm in Gilead,” “What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “My Lord, What a Morning,” “Surely He Died on Calvary,” “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley,” “He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word,” and “I Am a Poor, Wayfaring Stranger.”

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    KING OF KINGS: A Celebration of Organ Music by Black Composers 06 February, 2024

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    King of Kings: Organ Music of Black Composers, Past and Present compiled and edited by James Abbington
    An important contribution to the repertoire for both the church organist and the recitalist! In this unique series you’ll find organ works by composers from the late 19th century to the present day.

    King of Kings Volume 1
    Titles include: “King of Kings” arr. Ralph Simpson; “A Little More Faith in Jesus” arr. John W. Work III, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” arr. D.L. White, “Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory Land,” “Were You There,” and “Triumphal March of Heritage” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Retrospection” by Florence B. Price; “Offertory” by H. Leslie Adams; “Talk About a Child That Do Love Jesus” arr. Calvin Taylor; “Arietta,” “Melody,” and “Elegy” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; and “Go Down, Moses” arr. W.C. Handy/adapt. Walter C. Simon.

    King of Kings Volume 2
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Chorale” by Calvin Fuller; “Prayer: An Offertory” by George Walker; “Adoration,” “A Pleasant Thought,” and “In Quiet Mood” by Florence B. Price; “Bye and Bye” and “Wade in duh Waddah!” arr. William Farley Smith; “Impromptu” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; “Give Me Jesus” arr. Marques L.A. Garrett; “Go Down, Moses,” “Yoruba Lament,” and “Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho” arr. Fela Sowande.

    King of Kings Volume 3
    Titles include: “Toccata on Good News” by Carl MaultsBy; “Prelude on I Am Thine, O Lord” by Monte Thomas; “Jubilate” by Fela Sowande; “Variations on a Theme by Ellie” by Trevor Weston; “Churchyard Chatter” by Uzee Brown Jr.; “Bread of Heaven” by William B. Cooper; “Fantasy on Walk Together, Children” by André J. Thomas; “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Carl Haywood; and “Postlude on Go, Tell It on the Mountain” by Norah Duncan IV.

    King of Kings Volume 4
    Titles include: “Fanfare and Fughetta for Organ” by Julius P. Williams; “Fanfare on DARWALL’S 148TH (Rejoice, the Lord Is King)” by Evelyn Simpson-Curenton; “Fantasia (The Resurrection)” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Finale – Allegro (from Sonata No. 1 for Organ)” by Florence B. Price; “Fugue in F” by David Hurd; “Gospel Fancy (He Knows Just How Much We Can Bear)” by Phyllis Hall; “Kyrie” by Fela Sowande; “Listen to the Lambs” by Adolphus Hailstork; “Obangiji” by Fela Sowande; “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Eurydice V. Osterman; “Spirit Fantasy” by Carl Haywood; “There Is a Balm in Gilead” by Adolphus Hailstork; and “Ubi Caritas” by Norah Duncan IV.

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    About the Author:
    Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

    To God Be the Glory 31 January, 2024

    To God Be the Glory arr. Victor Labenske
    Includes seven glorious arrangements of beloved hymns at the late intermediate level that can be prepared rather quickly for worship services. The lyrics of each verse are musically portrayed by this talented arranger. Useful and deeply meaningful choices as worship preludes, offertories, postludes, or for personal enjoyment and inspiration. Titles include: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “Just As I Am,” “This Is My Father’s World,” “Doxology,” and “To God Be the Glory.”

    Rejoice and Give Thanks arr. Victor Labenske
    This talented composer/arranger largely uses the lyrics of each verse of these seven familiar hymns as the basis for these uniquely colorful, yet respectful arrangements. The results are deeply meaningful to both listener and performer. Excellent choices for preludes, offertories, or postludes. Titles include: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus,” “For All the Saints,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Jesus Is All the World to Me,” “Near to the Heart of God,” “Rejoice, the Lord Is King,” and “Ye Servants of God.”

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