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Donald Macleod explores the MacDowell Colony, an artistic residency programme founded in 1907 by American composer Edward MacDowell.

The MacDowell Colony 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. As part of its centenary year celebrations, in 2007 Donald Macleod was allowed exclusive access to the colony set in its own grounds in New Hampshire, USA. There he meets composer Stewart Wallace, working on his 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.

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Mon 13 Dec 2010 22:00

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Music Played

  • Edward MacDowell

    To a wildrose

    Performer: James Barbagallo (piano)

    • Naxos 8223631.
  • Edward MacDowell

    To the Sea from Sea Sketches, op 55

    Performer: Alexandra Oehler (piano)

    • Ars Musici AM 12122.
  • Edward MacDowell

    From a Log Cabin (New England Idylls, op.62)

    Performer: James Barbagallo (piano)

    • Naxos 8.223631.
  • Stewart Wallace

    Prologue to The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • Private recording.
  • Aaron Copland

    Billy the Kid (suite)

    Performer: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Performer: Eugene Ormandy

    • BMG 09026 63267-2.
  • Edward MacDowell

    Introduction excerpt from to the Haunted House

    Performer: Marian MacDowell

    • By kind permission of the Library of Congress, Washington.
  • Amy Beach

    A Hermit thrust at Eve, op 92

    Performer: Virginia Eskin (piano)

    • Koch 372542.

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