News & Views Thursday, August 16, 2018

Category: Organ Music

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.

Practical Service Music for Organ 14 February, 2018

702095recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S. Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Easy Organ Library from Lorenz is a series of collections containing material that covers every church season. The newest addition to the series, Volume 63 includes 36 easy-to-prepare selections for Communion, Easter  and Ordinary Time. Those who are making the transition from piano to organ will appreciate the easy pedal parts, and more accomplished organists will appreciate how quickly they can prepare the pieces presented. Arrangers include Anna Laura Page, James Mansfield, Lani Smith, and other favorite arrangers from Lorenz. Registration, duration, and usages are provided for all titles.

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

Organ Music for Lent 02 February, 2018

702080srecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

Simply Lent is a volume of preludes, offertories, and postludes arranged for organ by J. William Greene, who graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer’s Certificate in organ. He has written and published more than 150 keyboard and choral works. This new collection offers a selection of eight pieces suitable for the Lenten season, this year from Sunday February 18th through Good Friday. Each piece can be easily and quickly learned, and will enhance the worship of your congregation. With some challenging yet musically satisfying selections, this book masters the introspective nature of the hymn tunes with finesse.

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

Organ and Piano Duets for Lent & Easter 26 January, 2018

702081recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Wondrous Cross is a collection of organ/piano duets masterfully arranged by Terry Osman, an accomplished keyboardist and arranger. There are eight duets in all, which include a contemplative setting of “In the Hour of Trial” and a celebratory setting of “Welcome, Happy Morning!” These duets are ideal for use in services leading up to Easter, including Passion Sunday. If your church is fortunate enough to have a piano and an organ which can be played together and if your church has two able players, you are indeed blessed. This collection will be a welcome addition to your music library!

For more information about organ/piano duets for church, call us at 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!

Organ Arrangements of Jewish Melodies 11 December, 2017

702076It is rare to find Jewish liturgical music arranged for organ, so we were pleased to see this new collection, “Sim Shalom,” which features includes eight lovely organ arrangements by Christina Harmon, who served as organist at Temple Emmanuel-El in Dallas, Texas. In addition to Jewish services, these arrangements can be played in Christian services as well, as a way to highlight shared spiritual heritage, for interfaith occasions, or in recital.

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


Thanksgiving Music for Organ 02 November, 2017

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

As you prepare for upcoming worship services, we recommend two fine collections to celebrate the Autumn festivals:

975360The first is “Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals” by Wilbur Held. There are seven hymn arrangements that cover the Autumn festivals from All Saints’ Day through Thanksgiving. This collection is for an advanced player – the pedal part is busy, and there is plenty of action between the right and left hands, making for interesting and pleasing listening.

10-778The second collection is “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” arranged by Matthew Corl. This contains four Thanksgiving preludes for organ (DIX, KREMSER, NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT, and ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR). Each piece is only two or three pages long, so if you need to play something fairly short, this is perfect!

For more information about these selections or others, call us at 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!


Organ Music for Veterans Day 26 October, 2017

701398Veterans Day is probably on your mind already – may we suggest two collections of patriotic pieces to celebrate this national holiday?

The first is “Let Freedom Ring” arranged by Carol  M. Johnson. This collection includes ten patriotic organ solos suitable for Veterans Day or any patriotic holiday. An especially nice arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Lani Smith is in this collection.

The second collection is “An American Tribute” arranged by Robert J. Powell. This includes five suites of patriotic tunes, plus reproducible optional trumpet parts. This collection is suitable for any patriotic holiday as well. Both collections have interesting pedal parts for the organ.

For more information about these collections or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


What Shall I Play AFTER Easter? 24 April, 2017

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

augs-0800676872-fChurch musicians – Easter and the Lenten season may be over, but there are still plenty of Sundays ahead of you! Let Stanton’s help you find the best options for leading your congregational worship.

The Augsburg Organ Library is a multi-volume collection for the church year. Each volume is for a specific season or occasion – Advent, Christmas, Easter, Funeral, etc. Many different arrangers are represented in these volumes. After the Easter season, Ordinary time sets in, and the Summer book of the Augsburg Organ Library is a perfect source for this time period. In the Summer volume, 33 pieces arrranged by Adolphus Hailstork, Dale Wood, John Rutter, David Cherwein and more, are included – plenty to chose from!

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


With Love That Has No Ending 16 February, 2017

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

With Love That Has No Ending is a wonderful new collection of sheet music for organ. Compiled by Douglas E. Wagner, this collection has selections for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Day. The full spectrum of emotion that plays out during the Lent through Easter seasons, from deepest sorrow to unbridled joy, is further amplified by the musical offerings that are brought to the worship experience. This collection presents a diverse gathering of hymn tune settings and arrangements of classic works appropriate for these holy seasons of the church year. May each of these titles draw us closer to Calvary, in communion with the Love that has no ending.

For more information about this organ music collection or other options for Easter music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website , stantons.com!


African-American Organ Music 02 February, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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We are excited to recommend the seven volumes of African American Organ Music Anthologies from MorningStar Publishing. Each volume includes five selections that span mid to late 20th century, and each piece was written by a prominent black composer. Adolphus Hailstork, Ulysses Kay, Mark Fax, and many more have selections in these volumes, and several represented composers were recipients of prestigious composition awards. These compositions range from hymn tunes and sprituals to original compositions, and are delightful options for your recital or church service!

 

This series presents the perfect opportunity to expand your repertoire! For more information and other recommendations, contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


Organ Music for Lent 13 January, 2017

ash-wednesdayrecommended by Barb M, keyboard and folk music specialist

The word “lent,” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring,” and lenctentid, meaning “springtime” and “March.” True to its name’s origin, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 this year. This time of fasting, reflection, and preparation for the coming of Easter is musically marked with selections that reflect the solemnity of the season.

For organists looking for music appropriate for the five Sundays in Lent, we are eager to recommend two collections:

msm10-300Improvisations for the Lenten Season, Set 1 – Paul Manz

Ohio-born composer Paul Manz created this collection of six pieces; four of these are settings of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” and two are settings of “ O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.”

augs-0800658973Lent – Augsburg Organ Library

This collection includes 33 selections by a wide variety of composers, including: Franklin D. Ashdown, Robert Below, James Biery, Marilyn Biery, J. Berr Carlson, G. Winston Cassler, David Cherwien, Pamela Decker, Emma Lou Diemer, Max Drischner, J. Wayne Kerr, Anton Wilhelm Leupold, Paul Manz, Gerald Near, Karl Osterland, Flor Peeters, R. Vaughan Williams, and Wayne L. Wold.

For more information about these collections, or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at www.organmusiconly.com or www.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.

 


African-American Organ Music 23 December, 2016

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

african-american-organ-anthologies

We are excited to recommend the seven volumes of African American Organ Music Anthologies from MorningStar Publishing. Each volume includes five selections that span mid to late 20th century, and each piece was written by a prominent black composer. Adolphus Hailstork, Ulysses Kay, Mark Fax, and many more have selections in these volumes, and several represented composers were recipients of prestigious composition awards. These compositions range from hymn tunes and sprituals to original compositions, and are delightful options for your recital or church service!

 

This series presents the perfect opportunity to expand your repertoire! For more information and other recommendations, contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


Organ Music for Epiphany 14 December, 2016

While we get four Sundays for Advent, we only get one Sunday for Epiphany. What shall we play?  10-207

Music with Minimal Pedal: Advent and Epiphany is one collection that offers pieces for both Advent and Epiphany. The three Epiphany pieces are “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning,” “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright,” both arranged by Michael Burkhardt, and “We Three Kings” arranged by Kristina Langlois.

Festive Hymn Settings, arranged by Michael Burkhardt, includes selections for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. The Epiphany hymns are “As With Gladness Men of Old,” and “The First Nowell.” This collection features reproducible congregation pages for the congregation to sing 10-178along with some hymns.

Have a look at these two collections – many organists like Michael Burkhardt’s work, and Kristina Langlois is becoming well-known as an arranger. For more information about these collections or other organ sheet music collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com!


Advent for Organ 04 November, 2016

This year, Advent begins on November 27th 2016. Be ready for the first joyous Sunday of the Christmas holiday with beautiful organ music for your church’s services!

Four Organ Pieces for Advent and Christmas arranged by Charles Callahan contains 2 postludes and 2 preludes. The tunes include WACHET AUF, IN DULCI JUBILO, CRANHAM, and three more.

From Robert Lau is O Come, Emmanuel, six well known Advent melodies for the season, including “The Angel Gabriel” and “Prepare the Way, O Zion.”

Four Advent Hymn Preludes, Set 2 arranged by Wilbur Held includes “Creator of the Stars of Night” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”

Carols Before, Carols After compiled by Kris Kropff has eight pieces for Advent, including “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”

There are more collections for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany on our website, stantons.com. Or visit our organ website, organmusiconly.com. Many of the organ selections have sound files so you can hear examples of different titles. Email us at keyboard@stantons.com to inquire further – we have a large selection of sheet music available for the season!


Augsburg Organ Library 28 October, 2016

augsburg organ LibraryDuring the twentieth century, the organ experienced a resurgence of interest. Music from the 16th and 17th centuries was rediscovered, modern composers began to arrange favorite hymn tunes with newer harmonic structures and rhythmic possibilities, and new music was composed that has a contemporary feel. Organ settings were written by contemporary composers and arrangers for new hymns and some contemporary worship songs.

The Augsburg Organ Library is a collection of organ books organized for the church year.  There is a book for Lent, a book for augsburg organ library2Easter, etc. Visit OrganMusicOnly.com and search “Augsburg Organ Library.” You will be able to see all the books available and their contents.

For more information about this music or other organ music, call 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!


Organ Music for Thanksgiving 26 October, 2016

Looking for organ music for your Thanksgiving services? Let Stanton’s help!

9781451424188bThankfulness and Praise is a collection of ten organ settings by Lynn Petersen. It includes “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” “For the Bread Which You Have Broken,” and eight more. These are medium difficulty with some some pedal work.

Another good source of material is the Augsburg Organ Library’s November collection. This volume of intermediate to advanced pieces  includes over thirty selections, including “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “For All the Saints.” Either (or both) of these collections can be a wonderful source of material for the Fall season and the month of November. More collections of this type can be found on our website under “organ”, then “Thanksgiving”.

Find more collections of this type on our website, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

copyrightrespectfully offered by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


Easter Music for Piano or Organ 29 February, 2016

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

Easter morning is only a few weeks away! Have you decided what to play yet? We have chosen one each of piano and organ collections to present to church organists and pianists. Both collections are new this year.

Hail Him as Thy Matchless King!” is a collection of ten advanced piano solos. There are hymn arrangements for Palm Sunday through Eastertide. Five different arrangers have arranged these pieces, Mary McDonald and Lloyd Larson among them.

This year’s organ solo offering from Lorenz Music is “With Love That Has No Ending.” There are organ arrangements for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Douglas Wagner has compiled this collection, with arrangers including Lani Smith and Robert Lau.

For more information about these collections, or other Easter collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!