December 9, 2011
Common-Practice Harmonic Analysis through emotional response.
December 8, 2011
This season, give the gift of music.
Looking for that perfect stocking-stuffer for the music lover in your family? The Leading Note’s gift shelves are fully stocked with new gift items large and small. We have something for everyone, whether it’s a gift for your music teacher or your musical friend.
To start with, the essential Christmas card! It’s still not too late to get them in the mail and we have many different cards available, from Jazz Santa to Christmas Quartet:
On the grander scale we have unique hand crafted artwork by Québecois artist Francine Desbiens. To get a sample of her work visit: www.francinedesbiens.com. Each piece is a beautiful and intricate copper-etched painting of an instrument in a beautiful gilded frame. We have flute, violin, piano, trumpet and trombone prints available. An upscale gift for any music lover!
On the smaller scale we have a variety of music-themed coffee cups and travel mugs. New this year we have the musical canteen. This is the perfect gift for the music student on the go. It is available in red, green or blue and each one comes with two possible caps. A steal of a deal!
It may not be a toy, but it’s certainly something we all use to play music! The beautiful Wittner Maelzel Metronomes make a wonderful gift for any musician. This table-top metronome will command your rhythm and your attention all at the same time. We have three sizes and three available colours.
And as usual, we continue to stock all kinds of great stocking stuffers! Here’s a short, and by no means complete, list of my personal favourites:
- Composer Buttons!
- Treble clef drinking Straws (variety of colours)
- variety of music Pencils
- Musically themed Socks (different sizes)
And if there’s nothing here that seems just right, we also offer Gift Certificates for any denomination. Our gift certificates never expire and the recipient is sure to receive something they will truly enjoy.
December 7, 2011
Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
The Leading Note is well-known as Canada’s Leading Classical Print Music Specialist, but did you know we also have a well-stocked Broadway section? I claim a fair bit of credit for that. As a classically trained pianist turned musical theatre pianist/musical director, I try to keep an eye out for the newest Broadway releases, and then twist Sheilah’s rubber arm and get her to order them in.
Newly added to our shelves are two multi-Tony Award winning shows: The Book of Mormon & Memphis
Other modern broadway hits gracing our shelves include
- Next to Normal
- Legally Blonde
- Avenue Q
- Spring Awakening
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Billy Elliot
- and many other gems.
Of course we also carry classics such as
- Phantom of the Opera
- My Fair Lady
- The Music Man
- Les Misérables
- and many other popular standards!
My favourites, however are the unique rarities/oddities:
- Danny Elfman’s Nightmare Before Christmas
- tick…tick…BOOM! Jonathan Larson’s OTHER show.
- Snoopy!!! The sequel to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
- Olympus, a musical composed by Ottawa local, Larry Tarof
- High Fidelity (Yes, this was made into a musical. It bombed. But the score, co-written by Tom Kitt of “Next to Normal” fame and Amanda Green, daughter of the famous Broadway team Comden & Green, contains some amazing music!)
So what about you?
Is there a broadway vocal score on your Christmas wish list?
Is there a show you’d like us to get in?
Me, I’m asking Santa for Frank Wildhorn’s newest offering, “Wonderland”. My fingers are crossed for a pre-Christmas release date!