Guitar Ensemble Presentation by ECMS Prof. Lynn McGrath, May 20, 2019

The RGC monthly meeting for May, 2019 featured ECMS (Eastman Community Music School) Professor Lynn McGrath and the ECMS Adult Guitar Ensemble. Prof. McGrath described in considerable detail what goes into co-ordinating a large ensemble such as this and demonstrated how individual technique is used to produce subtle changes in style.


This ensemble has grown from five or six guitarists just a couple of years ago to about a dozen now and she hopes to grow it even more! The ensemble uses classical guitars with nylon strings, but not all the repertoire is classical music though it is usually classical in style. Additionally, some pieces employ uncommon methods to produce unexpected effects, such as the staples attached to strings to simulate the sound of the Mbira.

RGC members were invited to join the ensemble for a few pieces which generated a lively exchange between RGC members and ECMS players, much of it focused on the differences between ensemble and solo playing. Perhaps, we can look forward to future co-operation between the two groups.

Following are the play list and a few explanatory notes:

“Dance” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
“Scarborough Fair” (traditional Ennglish, arr.Stephen Goss)
“Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18” (Cesar Franck)
“Tina Singu” (Basutoland Folk Song, arr. Don Miller)
“Mbira” (William Kanengiser)
“Los Besugos” (John Truitt)

  • A ‘mbira’ is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs.
  • Tina Singu means “We Are the Flame.”
  • Los Besugos are a type of fish found in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans.

~Richard Taglieri

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