Musical Gift Ideas

Metronome/Tuner
Music stand:  fold up wire, or sturdy Manhasset brand
Recording equipment
Fiddle Friends, shoulder pads in the shape of animals
Strings or Teen Strings Magazine subscription
Tickets to a concert
Tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet
CD player 

DVD:
Marsalis on Music Video Series
Why Toes Tap:  Wynton on Rhythm
Listening for Clues:  Wynton on Form
Sousa to Satchmo:  Wynton on the Jazz Band
Tackling the Monster:  Wynton on Practice
Fantasia
Fantasia 2000
Music From the Inside Out - This film offers a fascinating look into the lives of musicians, what music means to them and how it infuses their lives, both in and out of performance with the orchestra.  Features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Start a CD collection for your child.  Here are suggestions to get you started:

Classical Kids CDs – dramatized portrayal of the lives of composers.

Mr. Bach Comes to Call
Beethoven Lives Upstairs (also on video)
Mozart’s Magic Fantasy
Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery
Hallelujah Handel
Tchaikovsky Discovers America

Orchestral music:
Beethoven, Symphony 5 and 9
Brahms, Symphony #1
Britten, Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra
Copland, Lincoln Portrait, Rodeo, Appalachian Spring
Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dvorak, “New World” Symphony #9
Grofe, Grand Canyon Suite
Holst, The Planets
Mozart Symphony #40
Mussorsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf
Respighi, Fountains of Rome
Respighi, Pines of Rome
Saint Saens, Carnival of the Animals
Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture
Tchaikovsky,The Nutcracker Ballet
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Ballet

Chamber music:
Beethoven, Op. 18 Quartets
Borodin, Quartet No. 2
Dvorak, “The American” Quartet
Mozart, Divertimenti (String Quartet)
Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (String quartet)
Schubert, “The Trout” Piano Quintet

Violin Solos:
Bach, Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
Bach, A minor and E Major violin concertos
Bach, Concerto in D for 2 violins
Bruch, Violin Concerto
Haydn, Violin Concertos in C and G
Itzhak Perlman, Concertos from my Childhood
Kabalevsky, Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Mozart, Violin Concertos 3, 4, 5
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Vivaldi, Violin Concertos (including the a minor)
Violin Concertos by Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Lalo, Saint Saens, Sibelius, Tchiakovsky

Violin performers to look for:  Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Midori, Anne Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Jasha Heifetz, to name a few.

Miscellaneous:
Appalachian Waltz, Mark O’Connor, Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer
Bits and Pieces, Itzhak Perlman
Encore!, Midori
Ferdinand and Friends, book and CD featuring the classic tale of Ferdinand the Bull, set to music by Alan Ridout and written for solo violin and narrator.
Hush, Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma
Joshua Bell, Violin Concertos and Virtuoso Showpieces
Midnight on the Water, Mark O’Connor, virtuoso original music for violin, mandolin, and guitar.
Music for the Young Paganini, Yuko Heberlein – local violinist’s recording of “music for aspiring young violinists.”
Tubby the Tuba by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger – book and CD

Books:
Lives of the musicians : good times, bad times (and what the neighbors thought) by Kathleen Krull
Meet the orchestra by Ann Hayes
Mole Music by David McPhail
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin
The story of the incredible orchestra : an introduction to musical instruments and the symphony orchestra Bruce Koscielniak
Zin! zin! zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss