Happy Birthday, Edward MacDowell!

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Edward MacDowell was born in New York City on this day in 1861. His earliest piano lessons were with Juan Buitrago, who was a Columbian violinist living with the MacDowells. His family moved to France by the time he was a teen, where he was admitted to the Paris Conservatory. From there, he studied in Germany. By 1888, he and his wife, Marian, returned to the United States. In addition to composing, MacDowell was also a renowned piano teacher. MacDowell’s Second Piano Concerto is very well known, as is his “Woodland Sketches,” one of America’s recognized classics. “To a Wild Rose” is likely the best known piece from this work, and every person who takes piano lessons long enough has played this little jewel of a piece. Happy birthday, Edward MacDowell!

For more information about this collection or other MacDowell collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 

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