This is the reason why the directors of the MacDowell Association are appealing at this time to the friends and patrons of American art to help them raise an endowment of two hundred thousand dollars. Up to the present most of the necessary funds have been raised through the personal efforts of Mrs. MacDowell. The Directors feel that the time has come when her strength, never very great, must be more carefully conserved by lifting from her shoulders this very heavy financial burden. The Colony has had an amazing twelve years of life. Shall its future be threatened by lack of permanent income?
The name of the Edward MacDowell Memorial Association has been changed to the Edward MacDowell Association, Incorporated. The use of the word Memorial has sometimes given people the mistaken idea that the work of the Association was in the nature of propaganda for the MacDowell music. MacDowell’s work is finished.
His music has long since spoken for itself and has gained whatever hearing it deserves. The concern of the Association is for contemporary work and for the future of American art in all its branches—this and nothing else.
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To the Hof-Capellmeister Dr. Haase, Darmstadt,
19th Oct., 1885.
DEAR MR. HOF-CAPELLMEISTER,
I permit myself to address you in the hope that you may perhaps feel inclined to have a little work of mine listed on a convenient occasion at a theatre. The Opus would take at most 15-20 minutes in performance. Tune and scores are throughout clearly and correctly copied.
You would infinitely oblige me if you would have the great kindness to grant my request.
In the hope of receiving your early and favourable answer,
With great respect,
ANALYTICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE NOTES ON MACDOWELL’S COMPOSITIONS IN ORDER OF OPUS NUMBER. WORKS UNNUMBERED FOLLOW ON
NOTE.—In the British Empire, the more important of MacDowell’s pianoforte pieces and songs published in America by Arthur P. Schmidt are obtainable from Elkin & Co., Ltd., 8 & 10, Beak Street, London, W.I., who issue a list of the composer’s works they sell. Other MacDowell compositions are mostly obtainable through J. & W. Chester, Ltd., II Great Marlborough Street, London, W.I. Ops. 24, 28 & 31 are issued by Winthrop Rogers, Ltd., 18, Berners Street, London, W.I. In America, Arthur P. Schmidt for all MacDowell works.
Destroyed by the Composer.