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  • Easy Piano Solos
  • Intermediate Piano Solos sound clips
  • Advanced Piano Solos sound clip
  • Scott Joplin Piano Sheet Music
  • Best Jazz Piano Solos

    Piano and Voice
  • Contemporary Vocal Music
  • Short Light Opera
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Songs
  • Classic Patriotic Songs

    Trio
  • Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Horn

    Holiday Music
  • Fall Piano Solos
  • Christmas for One Piano Four Hands
  • Winter Around the World for Piano and Voice

    Top Music Picks
  • Jazz Tunes for Friends
  • The Entertainer
  • Animal Anthology


    Easy Piano Solos


    Animal Anthology: Land Lovers
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    "'Animal Anthology: Land Lovers' is an excellent introduction for kids to a lifetime of music-making with fun animal facts and creative, tuneful songs. The creativity of each song really brings to mind the unique world of each animal, with suggestive titles and helpful texts which encourage active listening and a remarkable range of tonal possibilities." —Hadley McCarroll, pianist, accompanist, piano teacher

    An enchanting collection of 18 tunes, one for each of 18 animals that spend most or all their time on land. Facts about the animals add to the presentation and motivation to play the music. Great for children and adults alike!

    The tunes help develop piano techniques and skills. An excellent source of supplemental music for students and teachers.


    Animal Anthology: Water Play
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    A special collection of 18 tunes about water animals. This book is a good one to play early in the development of piano techniques. Children and adults love to read the fascinating text about each animal.

    "For the student and teacher seeking original and challenging music for the piano and accordion, Valarie Morris' Animal Anthology series offers witty and finely crafted tunes designed to delight the imagination while expanding the player's skills. Highly recommended." —Sharon Walters, teacher


    Intermediate Piano Solos


    Animal Anthology: Flights of Fancy
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    A collection of 9 wonderful tunes that capture and express the beauty of 9 birds. A variety of keys and styles of music for the intermediate player with skills approaching the advanced player. Suitable for performance and for pleasure.

    Highly recommended.


    Flights of Fancy: Single Sheets
    $7.99 each order now

    Single sheets of the popular tunes in our Animal Anthology: Flights of Fancy collection.

  • Flamingo. Elegant, in A with lots of meter changes.
  • Blue Jay. Coy, in Ab with jazz harmonies and left hand challenges.
  • Sea Gull. Coast along in D with lots of triplets.
  • Cardinal. Sweet tune in G has a classical slant.
  • Parrot. Smartly played in Bb with changes in style.

  • Woodpecker. Persistent in C, full of staccatos and 16ths.
  • Peacock. A flourish in E with changing meters.
  • Ostrich. Nonchalantly in F, complemented with a stride bass.
  • Heron. Gracefully in and out of keys with jazz extensions.

    Artwork on these single sheets by Marion Melin.


    Piroesque
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    A fanciful dance with variations in tempo and pretty harmonies. Sometimes strays a little outside the conventional, but quickly returns to familiar sounds. Perfect for concerts or recitals ... or just plain fun.


    Escapades in Walnut Creek
    $7.99 order now

    This upbeat tune features Latin rhythms and sounds. A repeated figure separates different happy escapades in this tune. Some fingerings are included to help players as they learn the music.

    "Teachers really like it for their students and told me, 'Wow! This is fun to play!'" —Al Deyton, print music buyer for Sheet Music World, Glendale, AZ


    Outlines play
    $7.99 order now

    A pretty tune fun to play. "This is one of the better chord studies I've ever seen. It's great for customers asking to work with chord patterns and a variation of chords and arpeggios." —Al Deyton, print music buyer for Sheet Music World, Glendale, AZ

    The title comes from the fact that many sequences of notes in the music outline various chords. This tune can be useful in theory studies and ear training. Fingerings included.


    Parallelogram play
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    A bouncy rhythmic piece built on parallel fifths, breaking one of the old composition taboos.


    Diffusion of Radon Through Cracks in a Concrete Slab
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    A dramatic and ominous expressionist piece. The title comes from an article about radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer, that easily enters people's homes in some geographic areas, including Santa Fe, NM.


    Advanced Piano Solos


    Symphony of Light and Shadows play
    $15.99, $21.99 with CD order now

    This piano reduction of the orchestral work premiered on April 5, 2003, is inspired by the dance of light and shadows on pools of water, on windblown leaves, and on the earth. In this fanciful and impressionistic work, the composer uses motifs reflected in a multitude of instruments and a panoply of percussion to evoke the patterns of light and shadows. Classical contemporary.

    Picture a rowboat traveling on a gentle stream surrounded by a lush countryside. Leaves occasionally drift down as the sun and breeze transform clouds, creating changes in light and shadows shimmering on the water and playing on the earth.

    The sound clip is from NPR's April 2, 2003 "Morning Edition" program hosted by Jeff Hudson. The sheet music for solo piano is available with or without a CD recording.


    America's Legacy
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    This piece was written for Sharon Harrington's play, If You Ignore It, It Will Go Away. The character singing is a patriotic policeman. The style is grandiose, reminiscent of music played by parade bands in the 30s. A show tune. Also available in C with voice.


    Scott Joplin Piano Sheet Music


    The Entertainer (2 arrangements available: easy intermediate and intermediate)
    $7.99 each order now

    Selected in 2005 by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada for their Popular Selection List, our Medium level arrangement of Scott Joplin's popular composition is designed for intermediate players. Valarie Morris arranged the music to make this exciting tune as easy as possible to play while maintaining the integrity of the music. Our Easy Medium version is for players with less experience.

    As stated in the Popular Selection List, "This simplified arrangement of Scott Joplin's classic rag is still sufficiently full and challenging to sound close to the original." Our Medium level arrangement is one of the Grade 5 selections in the list.

    Fingerings are marked throughout. To give players a fuller understanding of the composer and his music, the sheet music includes background information about Scott Joplin.

    "Including the whole tune is wonderful. Teachers like it. It's fun to play and interesting to listen to." -- Al Deyton, print music buyer for Sheet Music World, Glendale, AZ


    Maple Leaf Rag (2 arrangements available: easy intermediate and intermediate)
    $7.99 each order now

    These two intermediate level arrangements of Scott Joplin's composition was commissioned by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation. The arrangements include the entire tune with its original harmonies. Fingerings are marked throughout. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Maple Leaf Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    Fig Leaf Rag (2 arrangements available: easy intermediate and intermediate)
    $7.99 each order now

    Commissioned by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation for their 2008 annual Scott Joplin Ragtime festival, these arrangements of Fig Leaf Rag are available for two levels of players. The easier version, written in 4/4 time with doubled note values (16ths replaced with 8ths), includes more fingerings.

    Scott Joplin wrote Fig Leaf Rag in 1908, subtitling it A High Class Rag. In this beautiful composition, Joplin stretches out to experiment with chords. The two arrangements include the complete tune and maintain Joplin's harmonies.

    Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Fig Leaf Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    Gladiolus Rag (2 arrangements available: easy intermediate and intermediate)
    $7.99 each order now

    Commissioned by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation for their 27th annual Scott Joplin Ragtime festival, these arrangements of Gladiolus Rag are available for two levels of players. The easier version, written in 4/4 time with doubled note values (16ths replaced with 8ths), includes more fingerings.

    Scott Joplin wrote Gladiolus Rag in 1907, the year he moved from Chicago to New York. Its structure is similar to that of Maple Leaf Rag. The two arrangements include the complete tune and maintain Joplin's harmonies.

    Fingerings are liberally marked in both arrangements. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Gladiolus Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    Leola (2 arrangements available: easy intermediate and intermediate)
    $7.99 each order now

    Commissioned by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation for their 25th annual Scott Joplin Ragtime festival, these arrangements of Leola are available for two levels of players. The easier version, written in 4/4 time, includes more fingerings and its left hand has less movement.

    Scott Joplin wrote Leola in 1905. It is one of his least well-known tunes due to its first registration in London, resulting in minimal distribution in the U.S. This is the first tune where Joplin writes a note to pianists to be sure to play ragtime music slowly, a relative term.

    The arrangements include the complete tune and maintain Joplin's harmonies. Fingerings are liberally marked in both arrangements. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Leola is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    The Cascades (intermediate)
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    The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation commissioned this intermediate arrangement for their 24th annual Scott Joplin Ragtime festival in June. The theme of this year's festival is The Cascades, commemorating the 100th year anniversary of this rag, which Joplin wrote for the 1904 World's Fair.

    This arrangement includes the complete tune and maintains Joplin's harmonies. Fingerings are liberally marked. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Maple Leaf Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    Best Jazz Piano Solos


    Jazz Tunes for Friends, by Roberta Mandel
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    Explore more contemporary jazz harmonies and melodies in the second edition of intermediate to advanced tunes by jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Roberta Mandel. Arturo Sandoval performed "Oscar" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, but you can play all 17 tunes by Roberta Mandel! Not for the timid, Roberta's chords are sometimes called "New York" chords.

    Jazz Tunes for Friends is set up in fake book form with chord symbols above the melody line. On the facing page of each tune, Roberta shares her insights about the musician for whom she composed the tune.

    Ms. Mandel currently performs with the Junius Courtney Big Band, a mainstay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Here she is performing with bassist Terry Hilliard at the band's annual Temescal Creek Park gig in Oakland, CA, in August 2012. Notice the 20-pound case of music at her feet. These are the charts she's performed with the band over the last 40 years.

    In earlier years, Roberta's trio toured across the U. S. and in Canada. At San Francisco State University, she rehearsed with Vernon Alley and Jerome Richardson. Roberta has played with the Count Basie Band and her musical connections through the years have included continuing friendships with Oscar Peterson, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Brown, members of the Count Basie Orchestra, and many other jazz musicians.

    Roberta Mandel

    Roberta Mandel's 1982 piano transcription from Duke Ellington's Orchestra recording of Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count" has been acknowledged by the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her transcription is part of their Archives Center Collection of Music Transcriptions of Duke Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's Compositions.


    Whispering
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    This exciting new arrangement of "Whispering" by Roberta Mandel features Ms. Mandel's New York chords. A delightful arrangement like no other with special chords to give the contemporary jazz sound of today. Based on the original song by John and Malvin Schonberger. Includes the original lyrics. For intermediate to advanced players.


    Be Mine: Love Songs
    $14.99 order now

    Croon a tune from yesteryear with this delightful intermediate level collection of popular love songs from the early 1900s, plus an original written a century later. Lyrics and chord symbols with two harmony parts and a new melody written for each tune.

    The new melody, an improv idea helpful in learning more about improvisation, can be played or scatted as a second chorus or along with the original melody for a contrapuntal sound. Tunes in the books:

    Alice Blue Gown . Blue Moon . Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
    For Me and My Gal . I Love You Truly . I'm Just Wild About Harry
    If I Had My Way . Let Me Call You Sweetheart . Memories . My Gal Sal
    Till We Meet Again . Valentine Waltz . Whispering . You Made Me Love You

    If you like playing solos, but sometimes want to play with other musicians, you can. Any combination of instruments can play together. Six books are available: C treble clef, alto clef, bass clef, Bb book, Eb book, and F book.


    Contemporary Vocal Music


    Bilderjilkstraat play
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    Bilderdijkstraat is a theatrical piece for a mezzo-soprano with a bent for acting and costuming. The vocalist is a character in Amsterdam coming home late at night, trying not to wake someone who is sound asleep. Wide intervals and shifting tonality, with exaggerated dynamics and moods. Classical contemporary for advanced players.


    As Almost Anyone
    $11.99 order now

    As Almost Anyone, for piano and spoken voice, is set at the seaside and the beach. Props and costumes are suggested, which can include anything reminiscent of the beach, such as a beach umbrella, beach clothes, and sun hats. Let your imagination guide you. To help create the environment, you can even perform this piece with a tape accompaniment of waves crashing on the beach highlighted by the calls of seagulls.

    In the way that the sounds of waves interlace with the sounds of seagulls at the beach, the words of As Almost Anyone interlace with the music, flowing sometimes before and sometimes after the notes at the vocalist's discretion.

    As the piece develops, it moves from greater dissonance or atonality and wider intervals to less dissonance and a feeling of some tonality with more tertial harmonies and closer intervals. This transition to comfort parallels the story's movement.The rhythms, registers, and dymanics are literal, reflecting the meaning of the words and mood of the text.


    Short Light Opera


    The 8-Minute Genetically-Modified Opera
    play dream competition
    play love at first sound
    $34.99 order now

    Possibly the shortest opera ever with the smallest orchestra ever. For an accomplished pianist, French horn player, and brave vocalist comfortable singing both contralto (mother) and soprano (daughter) or a separate vocalist to sing each role. Lots of clever antics to tantalize your audiences with GMOs of all kinds.

    Synopsis in a nutshell. Mother, a scientist close to retirement, wants to make her mark with groundbreaking research and a new product line. Daughter, a bit rebellious and tired of it all, dreams of love, hears the sound of the French horn one night, and immediately falls in love with the horn player. Mother makes a genetically-modified wedding gift and the tragedy begins.

    Complete synopsis plus glossary of technical terms and prop suggestions in sheet music. The piano part is quite demanding, supporting the comedy and tragedy throughout the opera. This contemporary opera was commissioned by William Ballowe and Elizabeth Mitchell.


    Butterfly Life Cycle Songs


    Becoming a Butterfly: How to Raise Monarch Butterflies
    $15.99
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    Learn how monarch butterflies develop and transform during all its stages of life. The book features the delightful story written by Jane Morris and Pat Rahmann giving you all the information you need to raise monarch butterflies.

    Ten songs in various styles for the intermediate player add more to the story from the special perspectives of the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the butterfly. Listen to clips of songs in the book:

  • Migrate With Me
  • Perpetual Picnic play
  • Life on a Leaf play
  • Treasure Hunt
  • A Butterfly Bed and Breakfast play
  • Eating Machine play
  • Fifth Skin Fandango
  • Dreams of a Chrysalis play
  • Adult Articulations
  • Sky Dances play

    This educational book lends itself to vocal performance, possibly with dancers and staged presentations of children following the steps to raise monarch butterflies. Also an excellent supplemental teaching book for piano teachers.

    The foreword gives some fascinating facts about monarchs along with some environmental dangers to their survival. At the back of the book are a glossary and resources for learning more about monarchs including migration, ecology, and plants that attract butterflies.


    Classic Patriotic Songs


    Songs of Patriots
    $21.99 order now

    Play and sing the songs that trace America's history through the centuries! Through extensive research in America's archives, we found many songs popular in their day that somehow slipped through the cracks. And we did our best to use the oldest version of each song.

    Songs of Patriots includes the following 30 songs, chord symbols, and various versions of lyrics, including some parodies:

  • Yankee Doodle (The Yankee's Return from Camp)
  • The Liberty Song
  • Election - The People's Right
  • Fair and Free Elections
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • The Marine's Hymn
  • The Bonnie Blue Flag
  • Reply to the Bonnie Blue Flag
  • The Southern Girl (The Homespun Dress)
  • Taps
  • Tattoo
  • Pat Murphy of the Irish Brigade
  • Grafted into the Army
  • Tenting on the Old Campground
  • The Brass-Mounted Army
  • The Southern Wagon
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
  • Johnny Fill Up the Bowl
  • Hold the Fort
  • America, The Beautiful
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • The Yankee Doodle Boy
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
  • The March of the Women
  • Goodbye Broadway, Hello France
  • America's Legacy
  • America's Legacy ... in C

    Historical information about each song is located at the back of each 84-page book. All arrangements at an intermediate level. Guitar/vocal and accordion/vocal books are also available.


    Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Horn


    On the Verge (Classical contemporary. Advanced. With clarinet and horn.)
    $26.50 order now

    On the Verge begins with classical phrases and travels to swing and back again to more classical figures. It provides improvisation opportunities for the pianist and clarinetist. The French horn part is for players who are at least intermediate. To substitute for French horn, an alternate part is available for bassoon, trombone, cello, or contrabass.


    Fall Piano Solos


    Fall Novelties
    $3.99 each order now

    Four novelty titles for intermediate solo piano are available as single sheets for the Fall season—Marvelous Harvest, Scarecrow Hop, Jack-O-Lantern, Gobble Gobble.

    The tunes are fun to play and each one is written in a different style.


    Christmas for One Piano Four Hands


    Fun Christmas Favorites (one piano four hands)
    $15.99 order now

    A playful new collection of duet arrangements of familiar holiday tunes for one piano and four hands. Have fun playing with friends or family ... and develop treble clef and bass clef reading skills while you're at it! For beginners to intermediate players.

    Original meters and rhythms help develop players' confidence in reading music of well-known tunes included in Fun and Easy Christmas Favorites:

  • O Christmas Tree
  • The First Noël
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • Peace on Earth
  • Silent Night
  • Up on the Housetop


    Winter Around the World for Piano and Voice


    Holidays in Harmony (solo piano or piano accompaniment for series)
    $15.99 solo book, $24.99 accompaniment book order now

    Enjoy Holidays in Harmony, an intermediate collection of wonderful new arrangements of holiday tunes popular in this country. The books also include one brand new holiday tune and 5 popular tunes from other countries! Enjoy these tunes:

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Deck the Halls (Welch)
  • Good King Wenceslas (Bohemian)
  • Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes (French)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)
  • Esta Noche Es Noche Buena (Spanish)
  • Chanuka (Jewish)
  • Ritsch, Ratsch (Swedish)
  • Die Hirten auf dem Felde (Austrian)
  • Wsrod Nocnej Ciszy (Polish)
  • Deilig Er den Himmel Blaa (Danish)

    When a tune is from another country, the original lyrics are given along with the literal translation of the lyrics by a native speaker of the language.

    At the back of the books is a page with the phonetic pronunciation of the titles of the tunes from other countries, the complete set of lyrics, and stories about holiday celebrations in various countries.

    Other books available in this series include the C treble clef book, C alto clef book, C bass clef book, Bb book, Eb book, F book, and G book. Any instruments can play together.


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