OPUS 43. TWO NORTHERN PART-SONGS, FOR MIXED CHORUS.
Composed, 1891. First Published, 1891 (Arthur P. Schmidt).
1. The Brook.
2. Slumber Song.
These are well written and effective part-songs, making lovely unaccompanied choral numbers. They have been undeservedly overshadowed by the composer’s instrumental and solo songs. Both should be sung together for the sake of the intentional contrast.
First Appeared, 1892 (Arthur P. Schmidt).
This is a meritorious choral piece, skilfully written. The somewhat elaborate accompaniment for pianoforte requires two players.
OPUS 45. FIRST SONATA, TRAGICA, IN G MINOR, FOR PIANOFORTE.
Composed, 1892-3. Third Movement First Publicly Played, March 18th, 1892, at Checkering Hall, Boston, U.S.A., by the Composer. First Public Complete Performance, March, 1893, at a Kneisal Quartet Concert at Chickering Hall, Boston. Played by the Composer. First Published, 1893 (Breitkopf & Haertel).
1. Largo maestoso—Allegro risoluto.
2. Molto allegro, vivace.
3. Largo con maesta.
4. Allegro eroico.
Huneker, the celebrated American writer on music, described this sonata, soon after its appearance, as “the most marked contribution to solo sonata literature since Brahms’ F minor piano sonata.” The work is chiefly notable for its general boldness and strength, punctuated by passages of intimate tenderness and deepness of expression, and its slow movement is one of MacDowell’s most inspired efforts.