Edward MacDowell, often considered to be America's first truly professional composer, was born in New York in 1860. He studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music, and the Hoch Conservatory of Music in Frankfurt, Germany. MacDowell was acquainted with the great pianist and composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Liszt championed MacDowell's music, and influenced musicians and publishers to take an interest in his work. Upon returning to the United States, MacDowell was received as a famous composer and pianist. He was appointed the first professor of music at Columbia University, and developed a music department for that school. Tragically, dementia overtook MacDowell, and in 1908, at the age of forty-seven, he died completely unaware of his surroundings.
This collection includes some of MacDowell's finest music for the piano, displaying his mastery of the "character-piece," representative of late 19th century Romanticism. Intermediate through advanced level pianists will thoroughly enjoy the variety of appealing styles and moods, and possibly want to learn to play every piece in the collection!
Wishing you all the joy that music can bring,
Keith Snell, producer
Pianist Diane Hidy made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 after completing her studies with John Perry and Leon Fleisher. In 1987 Diane was the first woman to become a Fellow of the American Pianists Association and in 1982 was the winner of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. She has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra s First Prize winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Diane attended the Juilliard School of Music, and holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She spent her high school years in Seattle, Washington, where she was a student of Michiko Miyamoto.
Diane and her husband, J. Tony Smith, live in San Francisco, CA, where she teaches young beginners through advanced high school students and adults.