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Edward Alexander MacDowell 1860-1908 was one of the most well known composers in the nineteenth century and as also one of the first to gain international recognition His native land not only accepted but encouraged himand heaped praise upon him often so extravagantly as to put his sensitive nature ill at ease 539 Kingman Very talented at the piano and a great composer Macdowell is one of the first American composers to win international praise He stands critically as one of the pioneers of artistic music in our nations history Not only is his music compelling his personal life is also quite eventful Born on December 18th 1860 Edward MacDowell was a musically and artistically talented as a boy who started piano lessons at the age of eight with Juan Buitratgo a violinist living with MacDowells at the time Later he studied with a Cuban friend of Juans Pablo Desvernine and also took occasional lessons from Teresa Carreno another of Juans friends In April of 1876 Edward his mother and Juan moved to Paris France so he could better his studies On October 31 1877 he was accepted at a music academy called the Conservatoire In that year he won a full ride scholarship and admission award as a regular piano student On September 9 1878 MacDowell withdrew from the Conservatoire to move to Germany to continue his piano studies At the end of July of 1880 MacDowell came back to America to teach lessons of his own One of his students was his future wife Marian Griswold Nevins Then in 1881 the Darmstadt Conservatory where he taught for one year appointed him piano instructor His reason for leaving was that his profession gave him little time to compose After creating such successful works as First Modern Suite op10 and his First Piano Concerto he realized that he had a talent for composing He decided to ask advice from his
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