Piano Music - Edward MacDowell

Edward MacDowell


1860 - 1908
Edward MacDowell was an American composer and pianist of the late Romantic period.



📖 "Music … is a language, but a language of the intangible, a kind of soul-language."
Edward MacDowell in Critical and Historical Essays (1912)





Piano Music by Edward MacDowell


Improvisations (Rêverie), 1876, MS op.1, US-Wc

Op. 8 chansons fugitives, 1876, MS op.2, Wc

Petits morceaux, 1876, MS op.3, Wc

Op. 3 petits morceaux, 1876, MS op.4, Wc, also as op.5, NYp

Suite de 5 morceaux caracteristiques, 1876, MS op.5, Wc: 1 Barcarolle, 2 La petite glaneuse, 3 Dans la nuit, 4 Le réveille matin, 5 Cauchemar, lost (Photostat only)

Impromptu No. 1 de op.8—Deux Improvisations dediés àMme. E. Aubert, 1877, MS op.8, Wc

Grande valza di bravura, 1879, MS op.8, Wc

Op. 10 Erste moderne Suite, e, 1880–81 (Leipzig, 1883), rev. 1904–5 (Leipzig and New York, 1906): 1 Praeludium, rev. 1904 (Leipzig and New York, 1904), 2 Presto, 3 Andantino und Allegretto, 4 Intermezzo, 5 Rhapsodie, 6 Fuge

Op. 13 Prélude et fugue, d, 1881 (Leipzig, 1883)

Op. 14 Zweite moderne Suite, a, 1882 (Leipzig, 1883): 1 Praeludium, 2 Fugato, 3 Rhapsodie, 4 Scherzino, 5 Marsch, 6 Phantasie-Tanz

Op. 16 Serenade, 1882 (Leipzig, 1883)

Op. 17 Zwei Fantasiestücke, 1883 (Breslau and New York, 1884): 1 Erzählung, 2 Hexentanz

Op. 18 Zwei Stücke, 1884 (Breslau and New York, 1884): 1 Barcarolle, 2 Humoreske

Op. 19 Wald Idyllen, 1884 (Leipzig, 1884): 1 Waldesstille, 2 Spiel der Nymphen, 3 Träumerei, 4 Driaden-Tanz

Op. 20 Drei Poesien, 4 hands, 1885 (Breslau and New York, 1886): 1 Nachts am Meere, 2 Erzählung aus der Ritterzeit, 3 Ballade

Op. 21 Mondbilder nach H.C. Andersen’s Bilderbuch ohne Bilder, 4 hands, 1885 (Breslau and New York, 1886): 1 Das Hindumädchen, 2 Storchgeschichte, 3 In Tyrol, 4 Der Schwan, 5 Bärenbesuch

Op. 24 Vier Stücke, 1886 (Breslau and New York, 1887): 1 Humoreske, 2 Marsch, 3 Wiegenlied, 4 Czardas; no.1 ed. in A

Op. 28 Idyllen, 1887 (Breslau and New York, 1887), rev. as Six Idyls after Goethe, 1901 (Boston and New York, 1901): 1 Ich ging im Walde (In the Woods), 2 Unter des grünen blühender Kraft (Siesta), 3 Füllest wieder Busch und Thal (To the Moonlight), 4 Leichte silberwolken Schweben (Silver Clouds), 5 Bei dem Glanz der Abendröthe (Flute Idyl), 6 Ein Blumenglöckchen (The Bluebell); nos.1 and 3 ed. in A

Op. 31 Sechs Gedichte nach Heinrich Heine, 1887 (Breslau and New York, 1887), rev. as Six Poems after Heine, 1901 (Boston and New York, 1901): 1 Wir sassen am Fischerhause (From a Fisherman’s Hut), 2 Fern an schottischer Felsenküste (Scotch Poem), 3 Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder (From Long Ago), 4 Wir führen allein im Dunkeln (The Postwaggon), 5 König ist der Hirtenknabe (The Shepherd Boy), 6 Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht (Monologue); no.2, in 1906, ed. in A

Op. 32 Vier kleine Poesien, 1887 (Leipzig and New York, 1888): 1 Der Adler (The Eagle) [after Tennyson], 2 Das Bächlein (The Brook) [after Bulwer-Lytton], 3 Mondschein (Moonshine), [after D.G. Rossetti], 4 Winter [after P.B. Shelley]; nos.1 and 3 ed. in A

Op. 36 Etude de concert, 1887 (Boston, 1889)

Op. 37 Les orientales, 3 morceaux after V. Hugo, 1887–8 (Boston and Leipzig, 1889): 1 Clair de lune, 2 Dans le hamac, 3 Danse andalouse; no.3 1908, ed. in W

Op. 38 Marionetten, 1888 (Breslau and New York, 1888); rev. as Marionettes, 1901 (Boston and New York, 1901) [nos.1 and 8 added 1901]: 1 Prologue, 2 Soubrette, 3 Liebhaber (Lover), 4 Bube (Villain), 5 Liebhaberin (Lady-Love), 6 Clown, 7 Hexe (Witch), 8 Epilogue; nos.1 and 8 in 1908, nos.2, 4 and 6 ed. in A

Op. 39 12 Etüden, 1889–90 (Boston and Leipzig, 1890): 1 Jagdlied (Hunting Song), 2 Alla tarantella, 3 Romanze (Romance), 4 Arabeske (Arabesque), 5 Waldfahrt (In the Forest), 6 Gnomentanz (Dance of the Gnomes), 7 Idylle (Idyl), 8 Schattentanz (Shadow Dance), 9 Intermezzo, 10 Melodie (Melody), 11 Scherzino, 12 Ungarisch (Hungarian); nos.2 and 10 in 1906, 1908, nos.2 and 12 ed. in A

Op. 45 Sonata tragica, g, 1891–2 (Leipzig and New York, 1893)

Op. 46 Zwölf Virtuosen-Etüden, 1893–4 (Leipzig and New York, 1894): 1 Novelette, 2 Moto perpetuo, 3 Wilde Jagd, 4 Improvisation, 5 Elfentanz, 6 Valse triste, 7 Burleske, 8 Bluette, 9 Träumerei, 10 Märzwind, 11 Impromptu, 12 Polonaise; nos.1, 4 and 10 ed. in A

Op. 49 Air et rigaudon, ?1894 (Boston, 1894); Rigaudon ed. in A

Op. 50 Sonata eroica, g, 1894–5 (Leipzig and New York, 1895)

Op. 51 Woodland Sketches, 1896 (New York, 1896): 1 To a Wild Rose, 2 Will o’ the Wisp, 3 At an Old Trysting-Place, 4 In Autumn, 5 From an Indian Lodge, 6 To a Water-Lily, 7 From Uncle Remus [after J.C. Harris], 8 A Deserted Farm, 9 By a Meadow Brook, 10 Told at Sunset; nos.5 and 8 in 1906, no.8 in 1908, no.1 transcr. 1v, pf in 1912¹, 1912², nos.1, 4 and 7–9 ed. in W, nos.1, 5–7 ed. in A, nos. 1–10 in Hii

ET1 Amourette, 1896 (New York, 1896); in 1906

ET2 In Lilting Rhythm, 1896 (New York, 1897)
55 Sea Pieces, 1896–8 (New York, 1898): 1 To the Sea, 2 From a Wandering Iceberg, 3 A.D. MDCXX, 4 Starlight, 5 Song, 6 From the Depths, 7 Nautilus, 8 In Mid-Ocean; no.5, as Sea Song in 1906, no.5 in 1908, nos.3 and 5 ed. in W, nos.2, 4, and 5 ed. in A, nos.1–8 in Hii

ET4 Forgotten Fairy Tales, 1897 (New York, 1897): 1 Sung Outside the Prince’s Door, 2 Of a Tailor and a Bear, 3 Beauty in the Rose-garden, 4 From Dwarfland; no.1 ed. in A

ET7 Six Fancies, 1898 (New York, 1898): 1 A Tin Soldier’s Love, 2 To a Humming Bird, 3 Summer Song, 4 Across Fields, 5 Bluette, 6 An Elfin Round; no.2 in 1906, no.1 ed. in A

Op. 57 Sonata no.3 “Norse,” d, 1898–9 (Boston, Leipzig, and New York, 1900)

Op. 59 Sonata no.4 “Keltic,” e, 1900 (Boston, Leipzig, and New York, 1901)

Op. 61 Fireside Tales, 1901–2 (Boston, Leipzig, and New York, 1902): 1 An Old Love Story, 2 Of Br’er Rabbit [after J.C. Harris], 3 From a German Forest, 4 Of Salamanders, 5 A Haunted House, 6 By Smouldering Embers; no.6 in 1906, no.1 in 1908, nos.1, 4 and 6 ed. in W, no.2 ed. in A, nos. 1–6 in Hii

Op. 62 New England Idyls, 1901–2 (Boston, Leipzig, and New York, 1902): 1 An Old Garden, 2 Mid-Summer, 3 Mid-Winter, 4 With Sweet Lavender, 5 In Deep Woods, 6 Indian Idyl, 7 To an Old White Pine, 8 From Puritan Days, 9 From a Log Cabin, 10 The Joy of Autumn; no.9 in 1908, nos.1, 4, 6, 8 and 9 ed. in W, nos.7 and 9 ed. in A, nos.1–10 in Hii


Some Recordings of MacDowell's Music


Edward MacDowell
Woodland Sketches
Roger Shields, piano



Edward MacDowell
Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 23
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Massimo Freccia, conductor
Earl Wild, piano



Edward MacDowell
Hexantanz (Witches Dance)
Stephen Hough, piano



Edward MacDowell
12 Virtuoso Studies Op. 46
Malcolm Frager, piano
LP, New World Records, NW 206, 1978



Edward MacDowell
Indian Suite
Columbia Broadcasting Symphony
Howard Barlow, conductor
Recorded on May 15, 1939, in Columbia Studios, New York City, on 78-rpm matrices WXCO 24623A through WXCO 24630A. Issued around September, 1939, as Columbia Masterworks set M-373 (records 69641-D through 69644-D).






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