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Last post Thu, Mar 26 2020 by Macker, 14 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 06:29
by Guy Bacos
Joined on Sun, Jan 16 2005, Quebec, Canada, Posts 1986

A dear friend and contributor of this forum has passed away.

His wife left this message on her FB wall:

Carol McGraw February 19 at 8:04 AM · 
 

I have sad news about my husband Paul McGraw. Paul passed away at home on Saturday night. As you may know, he has been very ill for the past year, especially since October, due to congestive heart failure, multiple myeloma, COPD, diabetes, and degenerative spine and discs conditions. The last few months of his life he was in ever-increasing pain.
He was ready to go home to Heaven, so we family members who survive here on Earth must remember that he is there in peace with no pain and no failing body.
Paul had many talents. He especially enjoyed composing orchestral music via computer programs. It would be a wonderful tribute to his memory if you would listen to some of his compositions on his YouTube channel. (Just search for Paul McGraw.)
I've added a few pictures from happier times. ❤️

Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 09:53
by jasensmith
Joined on Tue, Jan 15 2008, Arizona, Posts 1566

Well this certainly is sad news.

Paul was a talented composer who had a knack for creating inspirational brass ensemble pieces.  He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace

My condolences to his wife, family and friends.


"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."
- W.C. Fields
Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 11:06
by MMKA
Joined on Tue, May 22 2012, Posts 363

That's sad news, in the first place for his wife and other family. But also for the members of this forum. He contributed always in such a positive way. More than once he helped me with pieces I placed on this forum. 
Also his music on this forum brought always beautiful moments when listening to it.
Although I just knew him from the few times we were in contact through this forum, I will miss him.
Of course my condolences for his wife, family and friends.

Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 13:00
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 12033

That’s very sad news indeed. 

We will miss his positive attitude, always encouraging his fellow musicians with a big heart and great ears!

My favorite quote from Paul, just in a recent post:

“Don’t wait, just get started. Have fun with it! Composing has no calories!

Sums it up for me! Dear Paul, you and your contributions to this community will be dearly missed!

Our condolences for his wife, family and friends. 

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 13:51
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7412

That's so sad. Paul was one of the strongholds of this forum. :-( 

I never met him in person, which is a real pity, but from his messages he must have been an alert, yet warm-hearted man, and a highly knowledgeable musician at that..

All the best, Paul - wherever you are now. You have left permanent traces here.

/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 14:39
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5509

I am so sorry to hear of this - he was a wonderful composer and friend - I wanted to hear more of his fabulous pieces and always looked forward to hearing something by him on this Forum.  

Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 17:17
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5509

One thing I had to add on a personal note -  Paul was very encouraging to me with my music, and we both commiserated about how hard it was to get orchestal music played these days!  Also, two of his pieces are among my favorites I ever heard on this Forum - "Tennessee River Portrait" and "Once upon a Midnight Grimm"  - they are such great tone poems.  I think one of the best things about this Forum has been to bring such fine music as his to light.  

Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 20:46
by stephen limbaugh
Joined on Tue, Feb 23 2016, Los Angeles, Posts 249
Ahh that’s really too bad. Thoughts and prayers for his survivors.
2019 MacBook Pro, 8 core i9, 32gb RAM. Heavy Digital Audio PC slave, 6 core Xeon E5-1650, 128gb RAM. Logic 10.4.8. Mojave & Windows 10.
Posted on Mon, Mar 16 2020 21:22
by synergy543
Joined on Fri, Apr 01 2005, Posts 131

Paul would be pleased to see all positive comments and recognition from his friends and fellow composers.  The encouragement and positive attitude Paul shared with everyone seems to have rubbed off on so many of his friends.  One couldn't wish for a better legacy.

Greg (Gregory D. Moore)
Posted on Tue, Mar 17 2020 07:39
by Fabio Biolcati
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2013, Posts 161

Sorry to hear this. A great loss for the Community. My  condolences to Paul's family.

Fabio Biolcati
SE1 Bundle, SE2&3 Strings; Notion5; Tannoy Reveal 501a
Posted on Wed, Mar 18 2020 22:49
by kenneth.newby
Joined on Wed, Mar 19 2014, Posts 118

Blessings to Paul on his journey. Condolences to his family.

Posted on Fri, Mar 20 2020 14:30
by stefan_telser
Joined on Wed, Mar 14 2007, Posts 107

This is very sad news.

Posted on Tue, Mar 24 2020 23:52
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1053

This is the first obituary I believe I have seen in the 18 years of the forum. A painful reminder of how fast great chunks of time pass.

My sincere condolences to Mrs. McGraw for her recent loss.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Thu, Mar 26 2020 12:21
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 68

I was moved on hearing of Paul's passing. In my short time on this forum I'd noticed his tremendous generosity of spirit, yet also sensed something of the personal burden he hid from us - though I had no idea he was so ill.

Might I offer this musical eulogy, written by another of life's great givers, J S Bach. This piece, rarely for Bach, ventures into the territory of grief and tragedy (BWV 721):–

   "Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott" [Have mercy on me, O Lord God]

Played by Yves Castagnet on the organ at St Sulpice cathedral, Paris, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsVG10aYbZY

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