Stage Star Belt Off!
August 22, 2012

Stage Stars Records - New York, NY

If you’ve ever wanted to go to New York and become a recording artist, your chance is here!

Stage Star Records, producers of a great line of broadway accompaniment CDs, is hosting a singing competition in which one grand prize winner will win a trip to New York City, including airfare and a stay at The Milford hotel in the heart of Manhattan, to be featured on a 2013 Stage Stars recording! He or she will also win a one year subscription to Stage Door Access, a website designed to provide performers with one-of-a-kind online tools that encourage and support ongoing career development in a supportive online environment.

Second, Third and Fourth place winners will receive eight, four and three Stage Star CDs respectively, and all other finalists will be award one CD.

You can visit their Facebook page for instructions on how to enter, and a list of approved audition song choices.

Wondering where to find the backing track required for your entry? We’re glad you asked!

The Leading Note stocks the following Stage Star accompaniment/karaoke CDs:

 Come on in, pick up your audition song of choice and good luck!

Poulenc wrote a solo flute piece!?
August 9, 2012

Every flute player has either played or heard Poulenc’s Flute Sonata (and if you haven’t, stop everything and find it on YouTube!), but until just a few years ago, we all believed that this was the sum total of his flute works.  Not so!

Until the late ’90s it remained unknown, hidden in the collection of Frederick R. Koch, a Yale graduate, until it arrived in the hands of the Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The collection contained manuscripts of many of our valued composers: Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Faure, Gounod, Massenet, Duparc, Poulenc, Walton, Mozart, Schubert, Wagner, Puccini and Chopin, amongst others! Can you imagine having these manuscripts in your basement!?

Ransom Wilson, a professor at Yale, heard about this collection and immediately made an appointment to see the beautiful new acquisitions. He was not disappointed. The previously unknown work for solo flute is dated 1942. Wilson has this to say about the piece:

“Un Joueur de flute berce les ruines (A flute player lullabies the ruins) is in a modal, melancholic style. (…) Short and simple, but of undeniable beauty, [it] is undoubtedly an important addition to the solo flute repertoire.”
                                                              ~ Excerpt from Ransom Wilson’s Preface

Un Joueur de flute berce les ruines by Francis Poulenc is available at the Leading Note. Call or email today to order your copy!