Edward Alexander Mac Dowell
Born in New York City, December 18, 1861.
In 1876-79 he studied at the Paris Conservatory and with Heymann (pianoforte) and Raff (composition) at Franfort-on-the-Main.
In 1881-84 he was head of the piano department of the Darmstadt Conservatory; and in 1884-88 resided at Wiesbaden, devoting himself to composition.
He returned to America in 1888 and settled in Boston as a teacher and concert pianist.
From 1896 until his retirement in 1904 he was professor of music in Columbia University. He was also director of the Mendelssohn Glee Club in 1896-98 and president of the American Society of Musicians and Composers in 1897-98.
In 1905 ill health compelled him to abandon all work.
He was a pianist of distinction and for a time appeared frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other organizations. But he was better known as one of the most important composers of recent times.
Among his works are four symphonic poems for orchestra and two orchestral suites, one of them the “Indian Suite”, based on themes from the music of the Sioux; two piano concertos, four sonatas, several groups of pianoforte pieces, and over fifty songs.