New in 2017: This Joyful Eastertide: Easter Hymns for Flute and Piano
Octavos for assembly and/or contemporary ensemble:
Times and Seasons, GIA Publications. (Labeled “editors’ choice” by J. W. Pepper!) Short, melodic pieces written around nature themes, perfect for wedding preludes, church preludes, meditations or simply tone development. Contents: Rainmaker – Bud Break – Falling Snow – Nocturne – Morning Glory – Far from Home – Morning Mist. (Full recordings of linked samples available on “The Image and the Hope“, also from GIA.
A Walk In The Woods, GIA Publications. In my house, this collection was almost immediately dubbed “The Stanley Book” because the opening piece, “Stanislaus,” is inspired by a character in stories we used to (and occasionally still do) tell the kids at bedtime. Contents: Stanislaus – Mockingbird – Dance of the Sycamores – Clouds on the Mountain – A Winter’s Walk – Starlit Lullaby – Lluvia Colores
Come To The Manger, WLP. I wanted to play Christmas carols that were fun and interesting without losing the original carol. So I wrote these. Contents: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – O Come, Little Children – I Saw Three Ships/Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella – Sing We Now of Christmas – What Child Is This? – Angels from the Realms of Glory/Angels We Have Heard on High. (Links to WLP’s recordings of the pieces.)
Available at J. W. Pepper (download or hard copy) and at Winzer Press (hard copy only). It’s often hard to find music that students can play as conceived, because so much of flute literature is for flute and piano. The great thing about duets is that students can learn them in full with their teachers. They can practice ensemble–leadership, pitch, and phrasing–within the context of a weekly lesson, without having to find a pianist and schedule rehearsals.
The great thing about these duets is that they’re tuneful and fun, covering a range of playing levels, and the parts are equal–meaning there’s not one interesting part and one boring accompaniment. They’re constantly trading roles.
These duets give students a chance to learn a piece in its full incarnation, as well as work on ensemble skills, within their ordinary lesson time. They can also be used in a contest situation where there is no requirement to work from a prescribed list.
- “Night Lights” (G minor/G major, including F#) is for relatively new players with a more challenging second part meant to be played by the teacher.
- “Swing Sets” (Eb Major) is accessible to intermediate (i.e. upper middle school) players.
- “Bike Riding” (G Major) has more rhythmic interest and challenging accidentals, making it appropriate for the advancing intermediate player.
- “Afternoon Tea” (A Major) is very accessible except for the key, so it makes a good brain stretch for the junior high player.
- “Superheroes” (G Major) is in 6/8 with hemiolas and covers a range from low G to high A.
- “Roller Coasters” (F Major-Bb Major) involves shifting time signatures, including 5/8, and technical passages to help high school students develop their technique.