Pop Sheet Music Hot Picks for Spring!

We’ve picked the hottest Pop titles for 2013. View our Choral, Band and Orchestra Pops Catalogs by clicking on the links below. The catalogs are interactive, and clicking on an item of interest will bring you to that item on our website, where you can view, listen, and place your order.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Glenn Miller – b. March 1, 1904

“America means freedom and there’s no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music”
Glenn Miller

In addition to giving us such Big Band classics as “in the Mood”, “String of Pearls”, “Tuxedo Junction”, and the hauntingly beautiful “Moonlight Serenade“, Glenn Miller created and led the 50-piece Army Air Force Band which entertained the allied troops in the European theater during WWII.

General Jimmy Doolittle said of Miller’s AAF Band, ”Next to a letter from home, that organization was the greatest morale builder in the European Theater of Operations.

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The Passing of a Musical and Cultural Icon – Van Cliburn

Yesterday marked the passing of an American music icon whose name will eternally be synonymous with the Cold War era.

Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn Jr., the Julliard-trained pianist who at age 23 shocked the music world by taking first-place in the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, died yesterday at the age of 78 following a long battle with bone cancer.

Upon his triumphal return from the Tchaikovsky Competition, Cliburn was honored with a ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan. He was the first musician ever to be so honored.

During a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Robert Wagner announced, “With his two hands, Van Cliburn struck a chord which has resounded around the world, raising our prestige with artists and music lovers everywhere.”

Mr. Cliburn was equally adored by his Soviet hosts, including Premier Nikita Khrushchev who later recalled that he “personally approved Cliburn’s victory” and saw it as “a symbol of a new maturity in relations between the two societies.”

His last public appearance was at the Van Cliburn Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration at Bass Hall in Fort Worth last September.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1 performed by Van Cliburn in Moscow, 1962.
Accompanied by Kirill Kondrashin

Van Cliburn Appearance on “What’s My Line”

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Happy Birthday to the “Sophisticated Giant”

At 6’6″ in height, tenor sax player Dexter Gordon cast a long shadow, both physically and figuratively.

The Los Angeles native was born on this date in 1923 and grew up around the music business.  His father was a physician who counted Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington among his patients. Dexter’s love of jazz music led him to take up the clarinet at the age of 13. At age 15 he took up the alto saxophone, and later the tenor sax, and joined Lionel Hampton’s band in 1940.

Over the course of the next half decade the “Sophisticated Giant”, as he came to be called, played and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock.

His playing style was largely influenced by Lester Young and John Coltrane and he is widely recognized as one of the formative forces behind the bebop musical language.

In the mid-80′s a whole new audience was introduced to his music and acting talent through his portrayal of a self-destructive expatriate jazz musician in the film “Round Midnight.”  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role, and received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Soloist for his work on “The Other Side of Round Midnight” which was produced by Herbie Hancock.

Once asked to describe his sound, Gordon responded, “What I’m doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word – I love it.”

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NAfME Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

National Association for Music Education logoMarch is Music In Our Schools Month®. 

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has named March as Music in our Our Schools Month®.

Schools and communities around the nation will participate in activities and initiatives geared toward heightening awareness of how music empowers and enriches the lives of our children.  The year’s theme is “Music Education – Orchestrating Success.”

The association is currently soliciting stories from students, parents and teachers who have been positively affected by music education in their schools.  The stories will be archived on the association’s advocacy blog and will use them in its efforts to garner Congressional support for its proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act which is designed to protect and promote music education.

Interested parties may submit their stories here.

Learn more about Music in Our Schools Month.

 

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World Music – The Hang

One of the most amazing things about music is the seemingly limitless ways we find to create it.  Musical instruments come in all shapes and sizes, and are constantly being invented and improved upon. This is especially true of percussion instruments.

The hang is one such, recent evolution. Similar in sound to the steel drum, the hang was invented around the beginning of this century by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland.

According to Wikipedia, the hang “is a musical instrument in the idiophone class. The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct ‘UFO shape’. The top (“Ding”) side has a center ‘note’ hammered into it and seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered around the center. The bottom (“Gu”) is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.”

If you like percussion music, you’ll enjoy this video. How could you not toss a few dollars into the pot for such a performance?

Learn more about the hang at http://www.hangblog.org.

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Grammy Flashback

On Tuesday, we asked if you could name the recipients of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Here they are, in their award-winning performance of “Body and Soul.”

Bennett pledged to donate all royalties from the sale of the single to the Amy Winehouse Foundation

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Grammy Flashback

Can you name the somewhat unlikely male/female duo who won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance?

Here’s a hint: Following her untimely death, her legendary singing partner reflected, “She was really the best of all the young artists that I met in the current scene in the last 10 or 15 years.”

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New Study Reveals How Music Affects Driving Behavior

Want to lessen your chances of being involved in a vehicular accident?  If so, a new study suggests you should think carefully about the music you listen to while driving.  The study conducted by www.confused.com found that listening to certain types of music while behind the wheel may increase your chances of having an accident, and in some cases the findings might not be exactly what you might expect.

Researchers at the London Metropolitan University used the gps enabled MotorMate driving app to monitor music’s effect on the driving behaviors of four men and four women.  Participants in the study drove 250 miles without music to establish baseline results.  During and the next 250 miles of the test, they listened to a variety of musical styles, including heavy metal, hip-hop, country, classical, and jazz.

Psychologist Dr. Simon Moore said the study resulted in some interesting findings. “Fast beats can cause excitement and arousal that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road,” said Moore.  Hard-rocking dance and hip-hop songs including The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama” and Fall Out Boy’s “Dead on Arrival” topped the list of most dangerous songs to listen to while driving.

Surprisingly, both male and female participants tended to drive more erratically when listening to classical music than when listening to no music.  This may have been more a matter of personal taste than the result of tempo. As Dr. Moore explained, “Listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction and this also negatively affects driving.”

Regardless of the particular style or whether the music had lyrics or was instrumental music, researchers found that the safest driving tunes were those with a tempo of between 60 to 80 beats per minute, which is similar to the average human heart rate.  Moore said, “A fast tempo can cause people to subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song.”  Listening to heavy metal music caused male participants to drive much faster and one female participant drove much more aggressively when listening to hip-hop songs.

Songs that promoted the safest driving behaviors included Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”, Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me”, Coldplay’s “The Scientist”, Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” and “Karma Police” by Radiohead.

Do you find that your driving is affected by the music you listen to?  Does your mood reflect the music you’re listening to, or vice versa?  Leave a comment below.

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