News & Views Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Category: Organ Music

NEW Organ Publications 06 February, 2020

book of liturgical postludes franklin d. ashdownrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

A Book of Liturgical Postludes by Franklin D. Ashdown
Franklin Ashdown’s exciting collection contains a postlude for every season of the church year. The postludes for Advent through Easter are each based on a familiar hymn of the season, and the book concludes with two original works for Ascension Day and Pentecost. No matter the season, the works are all celebratory in character and are intended to send the congregation forth into the world with joy and a sense of affirmative purpose. Titles include: “Advent March on Wachet Auf,” “Recessional on Lift Up Your Heads,” “Recessional on Rejoice Rejoice Believers,” “Processional on Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Epiphany March on Salzburg,” “Lenten Recessional on Llangloffan,” “Trumpet Tune-Recessional on St. Theodulph,” “Fanfare-Recessionalon Llanfair,” “Sortie for Ascension Day,” and “Pentecost Recessional.”

fanfares trumpet tunes and toccatas craig a. penfieldFanfares, Trumpet Tunes, and Toccatas by Craig A. Penfield
Fanfares, trumpet tunes, and toccatas have long been three of the church organist’s favorite musical forms! In this collection, Craig A. Penfield has provided three of each, including both hymn-based and original works. While postludes are likely to be the primary use for most of these pieces, some of the compositions are also suitable as preludes or offertories. Titles include: “Premiere Fanfare,” “Fanfare Fantasia on Duke Street,” “Fanfare Joyeux,” “Trumpet Tune on Royal Oak,” “Trumpet Tune in C Major,” “Trompette Melodious,” “Gigue Toccata,” “Toccata on St. Anne,” and “Toccata Francaise.”

festive hymn tune harmonizations volume 2 jason d. payneFestive Hymn Tune Variations, Volume 2 arr. Jason D. Payne
This much-anticipated second volume of Payne’s “Festive Hymn Tune Harmonizations” includes a broad range of popular and well-loved hymn tunes. Introductions to several of these same hymns can be found in the composer’s “Dynamic Hymn Introductions,” Volume 1 and Volume 2. Each tune is presented first with the standard hymnal harmonization followed by a second ending with a modulation and free harmonization for the final verse. These exciting settings are sure to inspire your congregation’s singing. Hymn tunes include: AURELIA, BRADBURY, CRUSADER’S HYMN, DIADEM, FOUNDATION, HYFRYDOL, IRBY, ITALIAN HYMN, KINGSFOLD, LAUDA ANIMA, MY SAVIOR’S LOVE, OLD HUNDREDTH, SINE NOMINE, SOLID ROCK, ST. ANNE, ST. DENIO, ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR, ST. THEODULP, TERRA BEATA, and VENI EMMANUEL.

oxford book of funeral and memorial music for organThe Oxford Book of Funeral and Memorial Music for Organ
“The Oxford Book of Funeral and Memorial Music for Organ” is a collection of practical repertoire for organists playing at funerals, memorial services, and services of thanksgiving. Covering a broad range of music for players of intermediate ability, it includes a mixture of established repertoire, attractive new arrangements of well-known works, and newly commissioned pieces. These 28 mostly reflective pieces, spanning the eighteenth century to the present day are appropriate voluntaries for the church organist, and suitable for many liturgical occasions throughout the year. Titles include compositions by Attwood, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Parry, Vierne, and Whitlock plus commissions from Robert Gower and Rebecca Groom te Velde, and arrangements of well-known works by J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Elgar, Faure, Ravel, Satie, Schubert, and Stolzel plus movements from Brahms’s “Ein deutsches Requiem,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”

glory and grandeus walker baylorGlory and Grandeur by Walker Baylor
Walker Baylor’s postludes are ideal conclusions to worship services. The eight works chosen for this volume are all majestic in character and make a grand impression within a short time. None is longer than three minutes, and all have been given a fresh touch for clarity and use on today’s organs. Titles include: “Festival Recessional,” “Hymn of Faith,” “Psalm VIII,” “Medieval Fanfare and Recessional,” “Processional,” “Recessional and Fanfare,” “Short Fantasy in G,” and “Short Fantasy in A minor.”

journey to wholeness angela kraft crossJourney to Wholeness by Angela Kraft Cross
This collection of organ works by Angela Kraft Cross provides excellent material for service or concert. Two trumpet tune-style pieces are joined by a lyric fantasy and a festive postlude. The volume’s title work is a stirring multi-movement piece inspired by Kraft Cross’s mentor from medical school and by the process of healing. As with Kraft Cross’s previous volume “Tree of Life,” this music makes a powerful impact in performance, enriching the experience of congregants or recital listeners. Titles include: “A Joyous Celebration,” “Fantasie on Arirang,” “Journey to Wholeness (To Make Man Whole),” “St. Bede’s Voluntary,” and “St. Joseph Voluntary.”

our hope for years to comeOur Hope for Years to Come
This useful anthology of hymn partitas and variations is the work of six composers: David Lasky, Douglas E. Wagner, David P. Dahl, Edward Landin, Robert F. Swift, and Andrew Senn. Each composer writes in a distinct style and has chosen a familiar hymn tune as the basis for their work. In their entirety, each partita is suitable for use in recital or as an extended service prelude. For shorter service voluntaries, individual variations may be excerpted or combined. Titles include: “Chorale and Variations on Christe Sanctorum,” “Four Variants on Rendez a Dieu,” “Partita on Christe Sanctorum,” “Partita on Deus Tuorum Militum,” “Variations on St. Anne,” and “Variations on a Genevan Psalm.”

thou art the way grimoaldo macchiaThou Art the Way by Grimoaldo Macchia
Grimoaldo Macchia is one of Europe’s most popular composers and arrangers of sacred organ music. In this volume, he applies his vibrant style to thirteen hymns that originate from the USA. Included are traditional folk hymns as well as later-composed tunes of American origin. Crafted with a fresh perspective on these hymns, Macchia’s brief pieces will make for delightful preludes, offertories, and postludes throughout the church year. Titles include: “Celebration March on To God Be the Glory,” “Finale Festoso on God of the Morning at Whose Voice,” “An Ascending Prayer on Amazing Grace,” “Festival Toccatina on Great God We Sing That Mighty Hand,” “Festive Postlude on Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Flourish on How Firm a Foundation,” “Fugato on In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Gospel Pastorale on Jerusalem My Happy Home,” “Meditation on Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive,” “Soliloquy on What Wondrous Love Is This,” “Triumphant Trumpets on Shall We Gather at the River,” “Tuba Tune on My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” and “Four Variations on Thou Art the Way to Thee Alone.”

Find more organ music on our website, and 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.

Praises Unending for Lent and Easter 21 January, 2020

praises unending jason krugrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Praises Unending for Lent and Easter by Jason W. Krug, for Organ 2-staff
Jason Krug’s popular “Praises Unending” series of two-pedal pieces continues with a volume of music for the Lent and Easter seasons. As with the previous volumes, each piece is based on a hymn tune and uses only two different pedal notes. It is perfect for pianists who must play the organ or anybody whose practice time is in short supply.

Titles include: “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna,” “In the Name of the Lord,” “In the Cross of Christ I Glory,” “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross,” “Keep Watch with Me,” “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus,” “The Strife is O’er,” “Were You There,” “Thine Be the Glory,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

For more recommendations, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC to speak with our Sheet Music Specialists. 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.

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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Organ & Piano Duets for the Christmas Season 07 November, 2019

70_1688Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

From Advent to Epiphany arr. Lani Smith, for Piano/Organ Duet
Arranger Lani Smith is a favorite of organists and pianists everywhere because of the boundless creativity he brings to the world of keyboard duets. This new collection of organ and piano duets contains eight instant favorites that will cover all your duet needs for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Sometimes reflective, sometimes exuberant, occasionally classical, and frequently with a harmonic touch of jazz, From Advent to Epiphany will bring joy to you and your congregation. Titles include: “O Come, Emmanuel,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” “Lo, How a Rose,” “O Jesu Sweet, O Jesu Mild,” “A Joyous Christmas Medley,” “Good Christians All, Rejoice,” “What Star Is This?,” and “We Three Kings.”

For information about more piano/organ duets, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. 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.

Christ Reigns: Organ Improvisations 05 November, 2019

christ reigns aaron showsrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Christ Reigns by Aaron Shows
A collection of eight brilliant organ improvisations on hymns for Christ the King, Transfiguration, and other triumphant occasions. With a variety of textures and styles, these settings make use of all of the organ’s capabilities, from lush and quiet to dazzling. Titles include: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!,” “At the Name of Jesus,” “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” “Let the Whole Creation Cry,” “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” “Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor,” and “When Jesus Came to Jordan.”

Find more organ music for worship on our website, or contact us for recommendations. 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.

Prepare the Way! Organ Music for Advent 30 October, 2019

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Prepare the Way by James Southbridge
What a glorious collection of organ music for the anticipatory celebration of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to earth! Enjoyable, easy-to-prepare settings by some of America’s leading composers, along with treasured classics of Beethoven and Handel, abound in this refreshing and vivid assortment of pre-Christmas musical settings. As an aid in planning, durations are also included – most selections are 2-4 minutes in length. This is a rich resource for the Advent season!

Titles include: “Lift Up Your Heads,” “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” “Be Comforted My People,” “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” “Come O Savior of the World,” “Once He Came Among Us,” “Rejoice Rejoice Believers,” “Come O Wondrous Child,” “Come Blessed One Come,” “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,” “How Beautiful Are the Feet of Them,” and “An Advent Introit.”

Find more organ music for Advent and Christmas on our website and remember – 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.

“Harvest & Thanksgiving” for Organ 29 October, 2019

joyful we adore franklin d. ashdownrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Joyful We Adore by Franklin D. Ashdown
This collection includes eleven hymn settings for the thanksgiving and harvest season. Titles include: “A Thanksgiving Antiphon,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “God of the Sparrow,” “God, Whose Farm Is All Creation,” “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “The Dawning of Creation,” “This Is My Father’s World,” and “We Plow the Fields and Scatter.”

thanksgiving mosaics jacob b. weberThanksgiving Mosaics by Jacob B. Weber
Give thanks to the Lord with these six settings of Thanksgiving-themed hymns by Jacob B. Weber. Designed for Thanksgiving observances, these settings are also useful for general praise throughout the Church Year. Weber’s Mosaics series features creative, seasonal settings for the church organist. Titles include: “We Praise You, O God,” “We Gather Together,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Now Thank We All Our God,” “The Lord, My God, Be Praised,” “How Can I Thank You, Lord,” “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee,” “All People That on Earth Do Dwell,” “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,” and “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.”

Find more organ music for the Thanksgiving season on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations. 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.

“Autumn Festivals”: Oxford Hymn Settings 22 October, 2019

autumn festivalsrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Autumn Festivals ed. Rebecca Groom te Velde & David Blackwell, for Intermediate/Advanced Organ
This valuable collection for organists includes 37 original pieces on hymns for World Communion, Reformation/The Church, Harvest, All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance, Christ the King, and Thanksgiving. These fresh, imaginative new pieces are written by a range of experienced organ composers based in the US and the UK, and display a great variety of styles and approaches. Practical, concise settings are included for all parts of the church service – preludes, postludes, fanfares, and communion settings. This collection is suitable for busy church musicians at an intermediate level working in all major denominations, and some pieces are also suitable for recital use. Registration suggestions are included that can readily be adapted to suit most instruments with pedals. A companion website also features a cumulative index of hymn tunes and contributor biographies.

Find more music for organ on our website, or contact us for more information. 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.

Michael Burkhardt, Theme and Variations on Noel Nouvelet 06 September, 2019

noel nouvelet michael burkhardtrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Newly composed in 2019, this Theme and Variations on Noel Nouvelet by Michael Burkhardt is a delight! The theme is stated simply, followed by the Canon, in which right and left hands take turns playing the theme. The Dance variation is merry, played with a light touch, and not too fast. The Pastorale is in 6/8, played slowly and lyrically; “Greensleeves” is quoted within this movement. The Rondo is played brightly and with rhythmic vigor, (as instructed by the composer). Registrations are noted at the beginning of each movement.

This may well become a favorite! Each movement can stand on its own, or the entire work may be performed for a recital. For more information about this organ music, or similar repertoire, please 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 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.

The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

tall StantonsWe’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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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.”

The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

OrchestraOn June 21st over 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries will be celebrating Make Music Day from sunup to sundown. This all day festival welcomes everybody to make music anywhere! Play outside or on social media, just MAKE MUSIC!

France started Fête De La Musique in 1982 to celebrate free and live music everywhere with everyone. Translated, Fête De La Musique means both “festival of music” and “make music!” Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, was chosen for the new holiday. Make Music Day has grown in such popularity that it shuts down the streets in France so musicians may take over!

Make Music Day can be organized as a small back yard concert or as a national event. The NAMM Foundation took up the US sponsorship of Make Music Day. They have resources for those who want to host an event. You can even join their Make Music Alliance to get assistance in promotion, sponsorship, and tech support – visit makemusicday.org if you want to know more.

This is Stanton’s Sheet Music’s third year participating in Make Music Day. Each year, we leave our recital hall open to those who would like to make music. This year, we are featuring some of our very own Sheet Music Specialists as our featured musicians. Catch any of our performances on our Facebook page!

If you participate from home, consider sharing your performance on social media and giving us a shout out! Feel free to tag us and use these hashtags to reach more people!

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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For Summer Worship: Piano & Organ 03 May, 2019

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PIANO SOLO
All Nature Sings by Larry Shackley, for Level 2+ Piano Solo
Larry Shackley offers “All Nature Sings” as a complement to the many Lent and Easter volumes already available, with arrangements of hymns especially suitable for spring and summer. Noble tunes such as “This Is My Father’s World” and “For the Beauty of the Earth” rub shoulders with a whimsical version of “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and a jazz-flavored look at the favorite spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” These accessible and resonant arrangements are a must to round out your music collection for March through June!

In God We Trust by Lloyd Larson, for Intermediate Piano Solo
Lloyd Larson’s signature arrangements will resonate with anyone preparing for national holidays or patriotic programs. The comprehensive offerings in this collection provide numerous options for everything from worship services to community concerts, including a four-hand arrangement of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

lorenz-514819Sixty-Second Service Solutions by Larry Shackley, for Intermediate Piano Solo
Larry Shackley crafted this collection of 15 of America’s most popular hymns, all one-minute in length for flexible use in your worship services. Preludes, music for meditation, and vibrant postludes are all presented in creative, easy-to-learn arrangements.

PIANO DUET
Everlasting Arms by Marianne Kim, for 4-hand Piano
Regarded as an incredibly creative and versatile writer, Marianne Kim demonstrates the same ingenuity in this four-hand piano collection that has made her piano and organ solo books so popular. This mix of upbeat and meditative hymns is infused with jazz rhythms and harmonies, giving a distinct flavor to enduring favorites.

ORGAN
lorenz-70_2111l-fSunday Jubilation by Jason D. Payne, for Moderately Advanced Organ (3-staff)
Jason Payne’s beloved Jubilation series of hymn settings continues with this volume of general hymns useful for the entire church year. From the endearing children’s hymn “Jesus Loves Me” to the bold and powerful “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” Payne has once again written organ settings that are natural to play and enrich the worship experience of congregations everywhere.

Two Minutes or Less Vol. 2 by Douglas E. Wagner, for Moderately Easy Organ (2-staff)
In response to continued requests for additional limited-duration hymn-based worship, Doug Wagner created this second volume of works for offertory and postlude. Keeping the format of the first volume (70/1860L), this book contains titles ranging from introspective to bright, each easily readable at two minutes or less in duration.

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.

Come, Ye Thankful People Come! 07 November, 2018

70_2033Lrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

In Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!: Music of Thanksgiving, Michael Helman has arranged six Thanksgiving hymns for organ. Two of his own original compositions are also included, a classic style trumpet tune and a lyric aria. The Aria has a simple, pretty melody against full chords and a busy pedal part. The Trumpet Tune has a merry, rhythmic melody, backed by chords and a pedal part that enhances the melody. Traditional Thanksgiving hymn tunes included are “Prelude on THAXTED” and “Trio on ASH GROVE.” These pieces may also be used at other times of the church year.

For more information about this collection or other sacred organ music, 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!

“God Gave a Song” 25 October, 2018

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God Gave a Song is a collection of gospel songs set for organ by Mary McDonald. Many of us are familiar with Mary’s piano settings for hymns, and these organ settings are equally delightful to play and hear. Tunes include “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (CONVERSE), “Jesus Saves,” and “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” (MADRID). Especially if your congregation enjoys gospel songs, this is a treasure trove!

For more information about this collection or other church organ music, 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!

Gathered Into One 17 October, 2018

9781451486063hrecommended by Caryn G. & Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

In the new collection Gathered Into One, Marilyn Biery has arranged settings of nine contemporary hymn tunes for organ. The arrangements are suitable for prelude or postlude, and include “On Eagles’ Wings,” “We Are Called,” and “Now We Remain.” This intermediate level collection can be used any Sunday during Ordinary Time. Use of the pedals adds interest to these pieces.

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

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

Music for Keyboards 30 March, 2018

by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

greekorganThe oldest type of keyboard instrument is the organ, or hydraulis, which dates to the third century BC. 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 is 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 has been so much music written for keyboards that we may never run out! There is music from at least 1562 to the present, from John Bull and John Dowland, to Lowell Liebermann and Dianne G. Rahbee.

grandpianoThe 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 visit our website 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.