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MacDowell

E. Douglas Bomberger

Abstract

Edward MacDowell was born on the eve of the Civil War into a Quaker family in lower Manhattan, where music was a forbidden pleasure. With the help of Latin-American émigré teachers, he became a formidable pianist and composer, spending twelve years in France and Germany establishing his career. Upon his return to the United States in 1888 he conquered American audiences with his dramatic Second Piano Concerto and won his way into their hearts with his poetic Woodland Sketches. Columbia University tapped him as their first professor of music in 1896, but a scandalous row with powerful universit ... More

Keywords: Edward MacDowell, pianist, composer, Second Piano Concerto, Woodland Sketches, Quaker childhood, Seasonal Affective Disorder, American musical history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199899296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199899296.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Douglas Bomberger, author
Professor of Music and Chair, Dept. of Performing and Fine Arts, Elizabethtown College, USA

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