Edward MacDowell

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Alias: Edgar Thorn


Born: 18 December 1860, New York City, USA

Died: 23 January 1908


Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908) was born in New York City, receiving early private training from Colombian violinist Juan Buitrago and Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño. Moving to France, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany. He briefly taught at “Schmitt’s Akademie für Tonkunst” in Darmstadt, then focused on composition, living in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden before returning to the U. S. He was professor of music at Columbia University, directed the Mendelssohn Glee Club, and was a respected piano teacher. He was an active composer, dividing his time between New York City and Hillcrest Farm, a summer residence in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He suffered numerous ailments and growing dementia, partially due to treatments of the time and an accident in which he was run over by a Hansom cab. Efforts to raise funds for his care was supported by fellow composers Horatio Parker, Victor Herbert, Arthur Foote, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Frederick S. Converse, as well as Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and former President Grover Cleveland. He died in New York. In 1904 he was one of the first seven Americans honored by membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. compositions include two piano concertos, two orchestral suites, four symphonic poems, four piano sonatas, piano suites, and songs and part-songs. Four part-songs for male voices were published using the pseudonym of Edgar Thorn.

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List of choral works

Partsongs for Mixed Voices

  1. The Brook
  2. Slumber Song

Arrangements of Songs for SSA

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