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E. Douglas Bomberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199899296.001.0001

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MacDowell’s Legacy

MacDowell’s Legacy

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(p.284) Chapter Twenty MacDowell’s Legacy
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MacDowell
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E. Douglas Bomberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199899296.003.0020

This chapter focuses on the legacy of Edward MacDowell. MacDowell created a body of significant concert works that outlived him by generations. His two concertos remain the most important works in the genre by an American composer other than Gershwin. The four sonatas are rivaled in the American repertoire only by those of Ives, Copland, Griffes, and Barber. These pieces and his two orchestral suites were heard in concert halls and recording studios throughout the twentieth century. But he also left a large repertoire of timeless solo piano works accessible to amateurs. Even as the musical culture changed, MacDowell's music has continued to be performed and honored. Columbia University commemorated him on the thirtieth anniversary of his death in 1938 and again on the one-hundredth anniversary (or so they thought) of his birth in 1961.

Keywords:   Edward MacDowell, composers, music, concertos, sonatas

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