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The MacDowell Colony (1907-)

Part One

Monday 14 January 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 14 January 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

The MacDowell Colony has just celebrated its centenary. Since it was founded in 1907 by the American composer Edward MacDowell and his pianist wife Marian, America's first artistic residency programme has played host to more than six thousand artists.

On a visit to the Colony, Donald Macleod met composer Stewart Wallace, who was there working on his latest opera, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Blake Tewksbury, an authority on the MacDowell Colony. He looks back at the Colony's history, with the help of Robin Rausch, music specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington.

Duration:

1 hour

MacDowell Colony





Original MacDowell Log Cabin


Picnic basket lunches ready for Blake Tewksbury to deliver



Blake Tewkesbury delivering lunches

 

Playlist

MacDowell: To a wildrose
James Barbagallo (piano)
Track 1, Naxos 8223631

MacDowell: To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55
Alexandra Oehler (piano)
Track 26, Ars Musici AM 12122

MacDowell: From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62)
James Barbagallo (piano)
Track 33, Naxos 8.223631

Stewart Wallace: Prologue to The Bonesetter's Daughter
Private recording

Copland: Billy the Kid (suite)
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
Tracks 2 to 9, RCA BMG 09026 63267-2

Marian MacDowell playing an excerpt from Edward MacDowell's Introduction to the Haunted House
By kind permission of the Library of Congress, Washington

Amy Beach: A Hermit thrust at Eve, op 92
Virginia Eskin (piano)
Track 11, Koch 372542




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