Edward MacDowell
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1860-12-18
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Edward MacDowell was the leading American Romantic composer, a major international figure in his time, though now largely forgotten. Born in New York in 1860 into a Quaker family of Scottish, Irish and English descent, he showed early talent as ...

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Edward MacDowell was the leading American Romantic composer, a major international figure in his time, though now largely forgotten.

Born in New York in 1860 into a Quaker family of Scottish, Irish and English descent, he showed early talent as a pianist; the Venezuelan virtuoso Teresa Carreño gave him some lessons, and remained a friend. For any ambitious young American musician at that time, the obligatory next step was Europe, and at 16 MacDowell set off to study in Paris. But, dissatisfied with the teaching at the Conservatoire, he moved on to Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt - where the Principal of the Hoch Conservatorium, the celebrated Joachim Raff, encouraged him to concentrate on composition.

After completing his formal studies in 1880, he remained in Germany, teaching the piano and composing prolifically; the support of Liszt led to the performance and publication of a number of his works.

MacDowell finally returned to the USA in 1888, settling in Boston and rapidly establishing himself not only as a composer but also as a pianist. In 1896 he was invited to become the first professor of music at Columbia University in New York; but the demands of academic administration, and frustration at his inability to realise his high ideals, led to his resignation in 1904. The resulting furore, and an accident in which he was knocked down by a hansom cab, seem to have precipitated a steep mental decline, leading to his death in January 1908, shortly after his 47th birthday.

Following his death, his widow made over his estate in rural New Hampshire to become the MacDowell Colony; this has offered short-term residencies in sympathetic surroundings to, by now, thousands of writers, artists and composers.

MacDowell's music belongs to the European Romantic mainstream; although he occasionally used Native American melodies, he was not an advocate of American musical nationalism. Aaron Copland, a member of a later generation with very different concerns, nevertheless wrote appreciatively of his 'sensitive and individual poetic gift, and a special turn of harmony of his own'.

He composed two piano concertos, the second of them a work of great originality and effectiveness, and for orchestra alone four symphonic poems and two suites. He also wrote numerous sets of songs and part-songs. But the bulk of his output consists of music for solo piano: four sonatas, two 'Modern Suites', sets of studies, and many collections of shorter pieces, which include the handful of treasurable miniatures that chiefly keep his name alive today.



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Edward MacDowell & Stephen Hough
2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17), no.2; Hexentanz [Witches' dance]
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2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17), no.2; Hexentanz [Witches' dance] 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17), no.2; Hexentanz [Witches' dance] 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17), no.2; Hexentanz [Witches' dance] 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17), no.2; Hexentanz [Witches' dance]
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward MacDowell & Howard Hanson
Suite for large orchestra in A minor (Op.42)
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Suite for large orchestra in A minor (Op.42) Suite for large orchestra in A minor (Op.42) Suite for large orchestra in A minor (Op.42) Suite for large orchestra in A minor (Op.42)
Ulster Orchestra, Edward MacDowell & 湯浅卓雄
Village Festival [Suite No.2 in E minor "Indian", Op.48] (feat. Takuo Yuasa)
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Village Festival [Suite No.2 in E minor "Indian", Op.48] (feat. Takuo Yuasa) Village Festival [Suite No.2 in E minor "Indian", Op.48] (feat. Takuo Yuasa) Village Festival [Suite No.2 in E minor "Indian", Op.48] (feat. Takuo Yuasa) Village Festival [Suite No.2 in E minor "Indian", Op.48] (feat. Takuo Yuasa)
James Barbagallo & Edward MacDowell
To a Wild Rose
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To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose
James Barbagallo & Edward MacDowell
From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls]
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From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls] From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls] From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls] From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls]

From a Log Cabin [New England Idylls]

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James Barbagallo & Edward MacDowell
Edward MacDowell & Richard Uttley
Fireside Tales
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Fireside Tales Fireside Tales Fireside Tales Fireside Tales
Edward MacDowell & Moura Lympany
10 Woodland sketches for piano (Op.51), To a wild rose (feat. Dame Moura Lympany)
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10 Woodland sketches for piano (Op.51), To a wild rose (feat. Dame Moura Lympany) 10 Woodland sketches for piano (Op.51), To a wild rose (feat. Dame Moura Lympany) 10 Woodland sketches for piano (Op.51), To a wild rose (feat. Dame Moura Lympany) 10 Woodland sketches for piano (Op.51), To a wild rose (feat. Dame Moura Lympany)
Ulster Orchestra & Edward MacDowell
Indian Suite No 2 in E minor
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Indian Suite No 2 in E minor Indian Suite No 2 in E minor Indian Suite No 2 in E minor Indian Suite No 2 in E minor
Yuki Takao & Edward MacDowell
Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2)
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Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2) Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2) Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2) Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2)

Hexentanz (Witches Dance) from 2 Fantasiestucke for piano (Op.17 No.2)

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Yuki Takao
Edward MacDowell
To a wild rose from Woodland Sketches
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To a wild rose from Woodland Sketches To a wild rose from Woodland Sketches To a wild rose from Woodland Sketches To a wild rose from Woodland Sketches
Edward MacDowell
Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30
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Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30 Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30 Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30 Two Fragments from The Song of Rowland, Op. 30
Edward MacDowell
Hexentanz
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Hexentanz Hexentanz Hexentanz Hexentanz
Edward MacDowell
To a Wild Rose
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To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose To a Wild Rose
Edward MacDowell
Piano concerto No. 2
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Piano concerto No. 2 Piano concerto No. 2 Piano concerto No. 2 Piano concerto No. 2
Edward MacDowell
Jascha Heifetz and Jack Benny discuss and perform To a Wild Rose by MacDowell
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Jascha Heifetz and Jack Benny discuss and perform To a Wild Rose by MacDowell Jascha Heifetz and Jack Benny discuss and perform To a Wild Rose by MacDowell Jascha Heifetz and Jack Benny discuss and perform To a Wild Rose by MacDowell Jascha Heifetz and Jack Benny discuss and perform To a Wild Rose by MacDowell
Edward MacDowell
Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen, Op.11 No.1
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Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen, Op.11 No.1 Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen, Op.11 No.1 Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen, Op.11 No.1 Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen, Op.11 No.1
Edward MacDowell
Hexentanz Op. 17, No.2
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Hexentanz Op. 17, No.2 Hexentanz Op. 17, No.2 Hexentanz Op. 17, No.2 Hexentanz Op. 17, No.2
Edward MacDowell
Romanze
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Romanze Romanze Romanze Romanze
Edward MacDowell
Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) Op 17 No. 2
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Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) Op 17 No. 2 Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) Op 17 No. 2 Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) Op 17 No. 2 Hexentanz (Witches' Dance) Op 17 No. 2
Edward MacDowell
Woodland Sketches: To a wild rose
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Woodland Sketches: To a wild rose Woodland Sketches: To a wild rose Woodland Sketches: To a wild rose Woodland Sketches: To a wild rose
Edward MacDowell
Last mvt of Suite No 1 in D minor
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Last mvt of Suite No 1 in D minor Last mvt of Suite No 1 in D minor Last mvt of Suite No 1 in D minor Last mvt of Suite No 1 in D minor
Edward MacDowell
In Autumn
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In Autumn In Autumn In Autumn In Autumn
Edward MacDowell
Legend from Indian Suite (1892)
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Legend from Indian Suite (1892) Legend from Indian Suite (1892) Legend from Indian Suite (1892) Legend from Indian Suite (1892)
Edward MacDowell
In the Woods
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In the Woods In the Woods In the Woods In the Woods
Edward MacDowell
Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House
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Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House
Edward MacDowell
From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62)
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From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62) From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62) From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62) From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62)
Edward MacDowell
To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55
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To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55 To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55 To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55 To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55
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