Nielsen’s Violin Concerto

I listened to Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto again recently, and I realized that I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It deserves to be heard far more often than it is, and so enjoy this recording with Baiba Skride as soloist. [Read more...]

Monti’s Czardas

A video from today’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert, held at Broadway United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis. [Read more...]

Une Nuit de Mai by Charles Loeffler

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Where Should I Start?

I received this e-mail a while back: Professor McGrath, I apologize for approaching you directly with my question: I realize that it’s like asking a doctor for free medical advice. Unfortunately I don’t know where to turn, in the bewildering sea of conflicting information out there. Perhaps the answer to my question would be a [Read More...]

Doctor Who Theme on Violin

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Tone And Resonant Depth In Sound

One of the things we accomplished while in Romania was a visit to Reghin, the violin-making capitol of the country. We ended up buying my son a lovely handmade instrument from Simon József, whose family are into their fifth generation as luthiers (his grandfather was the first, and his grandson now helps with the work). Since [Read More...]

You Raise Me Up

Although I’ve been involved in singing in church for a while now, I had never before today sung a song as a solo. Today, with some help from my son on the violin, I sang “You Raise Me Up.” Even though I found it challenging (while as nervous as I was) to play and sing [Read More...]

Godard’s Berceuse

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Symphony of Brotherhood

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Better in 7/8 Time

Many things are better in 7/8 time. Here’s “Sleigh Ride”: And here’s “Good King Wenceslas”: The latter video I’ve shared before – the arrangement and fiddle playing are by Alex de Pue, brother of Zach de Pue, who is the concertmaster of the Indianapolist Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of Time for Three. [Read more...]

What Child Is This?

Lindsey Sterling performs the classic melody. [Read more...]