Woodland Sketches, Complete Sonatas and Other Pieces
Paperback - 219 pages reprint edition (December 1990), usually ships within 2-3 days.
A reader from Indianapolis, IN , May 9, 1999
Neglected Gems. Macdowell's Piano Sonatas are a challenge for a virtuoso - and the musical ideas may not be worth the effort to surmount the technical obstacles.
The shorter pieces, however, will delight any amateur pianist. The "Sea
Pieces" are stunningly evocative and make the most of a grand piano's
sonorities. The "Woodland Sketches" was arguably the most popular
collection of piano music in the United States for the first two decades of
the twentieth century. Avoiding an overly sentimental approach to these
pieces is essential allows MacDowell's compositional genius to shine.
The other collections are equally worthwhile. Some of the pieces are
whimsical, some profound and some are downright odd, such as the
quirky "Of Salamanders"...
The Dover Edition, as usual, is first class.