Edward MacDowell eBook

Lawrence Gilman
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 105 pages of information about Edward MacDowell.


This is a charming piece, published separately.  It is characteristic, although not deeply inspired.


First Published, 1897 (P.  L. Jung).  Assigned, 1899, to Arthur P. Schmidt,

  1._Sung Outside the Prince’s Door_.

  2. Of a Tailor and a Bear.

  3. Beauty in the Rose-Garden.

  4. From Dwarf-land.

These trifles are of a refined and genuinely poetical order, possessing all the composer’s suggestive tone poetry in a light garb.

1. Sung Outside the Prince’s Door (Softly, wistfully). This opens with a tender and expressive theme.  The middle section, Pleadingly, is described by this indication.  Altogether, the piece is a little gem, full of sweet and wistful expressiveness.

2. Of a Tailor and a Bear (Gaily, pertly). This is a fanciful little piece, the antics of the bear being happily suggested.  The tunes are lively and the whole thing has a delightful old-world atmosphere about it.  Some of the marks of expression are very characteristic, including, Growlingly, clumsily, etc.

3._Beauty in the Rose-Garden (Not fast;_ sweetly and simply). A pleading little theme opens this number.  The middle section, indicated Well marked, almost roughly, has a touch of passion in its feeling.  The resumption of the opening tune is marked Sadly, and the piece concludes rather beautifully, with great tenderness.

4. From Dwarf-land (Merrily, quaintly). This opens with a merry theme, and is full of quaint and delightful little touches.


These two pieces are explained by their titles and are of little importance.


First Published, 1898 (P.L.  Jung).  Assigned 1899, to Arthur P. Schmidt.

 1. A Tin Soldier’s Love.

 2 ._To a Humming Bird_.

 3. Summer Song.

 4. Across Fields.

 5. Bluette.

 6. An Elfin Round.

This is a characteristic album, the pieces in it being imaginative and suggestive, in tone poetry, of their subjects, although not of the composer’s deepest inspiration.

1._A Tin Soldier’s Love (Gently, with Feeling)._ This little piece opens with a sweet and simple theme, followed by a toy-like march tune, and these make up the material of the piece.

2. To a Humming Bird (As fast and light as possible). There is nothing very striking about this piece.  It is imaginative, and when played at the required speed, with lightness of touch, is effective.  It has been arranged as a violin solo with pianoforte accompaniment.

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