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  • Nationality: American
  • 1860 - 1908
  • You might know him for: To A Wild Rose

Edward MacDowell, American composer and pianist, was born in New York city on 18. December 1860. There he studied the piano with Teresa Carreno and then went to Paris in 1876 where he was a pupil of Antoine Marmontel at the conservatory for two years. In 1878 MacDowell went to Germany and studied composition with Joachim Raff at the Frankfurt conservatory till 1881,. He stayed in Germany for another seven years, teaching the piano in Wiesbaden and at the Darmstadt conservatory. Raff, who praised MacDowell`s works, also introduced him to Liszt, who arranged for him to perform his 1. Piano Concerto in public.

MacDowell returned to the U.S.A. in 1888 and settled in Boston as a teacher and concert pianist. His most famous longer composition, the 2. Piano Concerto, was played the first time by himself in New York city in 1889. In 1896 he was offered a professorship and asked to establish the department of music at Columbia University, New York. Inexperienced in practical matters but enthusiastic, he soon became frustrated by the university authorities and resigned in 1904 after severe arguments. As a consequence of this conflict which was published by the press, his mental balance was seriously affected and he suffered from sleeplessness and depression. This lead to a collapse and eventually to a recession to infantilism. He died in New York city on 23. January 1908.

MacDowell`s compositions are often compared with those of Grieg and the harmonies of his works remind many of Schumann and even Liszt. This is not surprising as he spent so many years in Europe and must have been influenced by its contemporary romantic movement. Besides the above mentioned two piano concertos he wrote several symphonic poems in early years, e.g. “Elaine and Lancelot” and “Hamlet and Ophelia”, the more distinctive orchestral “Indian Suite”, many piano works such as “Sea Pieces” (1898) and “Fireside Tales” (1902) and piano sonatas like “Eroica” (1895), “Norse” (1900 and “Keltic” (1901).

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To A Wild Rose 37
Piano, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Accordion, Violin, Cello, Tenor Saxophone, Lyrics & Chords, Viola, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
To A Wild Rose
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