Danza de mi Corazon (Dance of My Heart) by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 2.5
Composer Steven Rosenhaus always strives to have his music connect emotionally with players and audiences alike. This energetic work does that and makes you want to dance too! It’s truly a “dance of the heart.”
TEACH • D harmonic minor, 16th note pick-ups, interweaving
ORCHESTRATION • all parts active, some call and response
PERFORMANCE • will make your feet move and your heart sigh
Jai Hind arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 2.5
“Jai Hind” is an Indian expression meaning “Hail India” or “Long Live India.” This arrangement features three different songs, including Jana, Gana, Mana, the National Anthem of India. Ms. Monday also includes an energetic Bollywood inspired section which is a nod to the popular Indian movie industry. The opening section features a beautiful violin solo.
TEACH • drones, gliding whole step “meends,” Bollywood rhythms
ORCHESTRATION • tabla/djembe & suspended cymbal add lots
PERFORMANCE • ear-opening with social studies cross curriculum
La Fiesta de Cuerdas arr. Bob Phillips & John Nieto, Grade 2.5
Two traditional mariachi tunes, “Alá en el Rancho Grande” and “La Adelita,” along with a new original, “Polka de San Antonio” by John Nieto, form a fabulous medley for any happy occasion—any fiesta. As the title (translated “The Festival of Strings”) indicates, make it a party! In 2/4 and first position with some chromatic alterations, this piece is accessible and fun to play. The rhythmic pulse continues throughout this exciting piece.
TEACH • Mariachi rhythms & colors, chromatics, key changes
ORCHESTRATION • bass anchors the 2-beat feel, all others “sing”
PERFORMANCE • very playable & very authentic sounding medley
About the Authors:
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, and is recently retired – congrats, Dan!
Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.