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...]

Minor Swing

My son performed Stephane Grappelli’s “Minor Swing” again today at church as the music for the offertory. I accompanied on piano and John Arnold played drums. [Read more...]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Play-a-Thon

I am privileged not only to have my son benefit from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but also to get to play the role of accompanist myself sometimes, as I did in this year’s Play-a-Thon (as evidenced in the video above – sorry it starts a few seconds into the first piece, [Read More...]


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