Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) was the first American composer to achieve an international reputation. His music is lyrical, intimate, uncluttered, and with a unique and quickly recognizable harmonic palette. MacDowell's music does not aim for virtuosic display and obscure intellectual pleasures but, rather, it is about what is personal and what is felt by the individual in common circumstances. The classical guitar is at its best with music of smaller proportions that is personal, evocative, and imbued with opportunities for subtle, expressive nuances in performance and so is eminently suited to MacDowell's music. This collection includes his most famous composition, To a Wild Rose, as well as ten other beautiful guitar solos in both standard notation and tablature. An outstanding recording, by Aryeh Eller, of all of the music is included.
Audio excerpts from Woodland Sketches, performed by Aryeh Eller can be heard here.