Breslau: Julius Hainauer [PN J. 2957,1 H. - J. 2957,6 H.], [c1898, Julius Hainauer, Breslau]. Folio. Original publisher's wrappers with titling within decorative lithographic border by C.G. Röder, Leipzig, printed in dark blue and yellow.
Slightly worn and browned.
Later issue, printed from plates of the first edition. Sonneck p. 23.
"At the turn of the 20th century [MacDowell] was America’s best-known composer both at home and abroad, particularly renowned for his piano concertos and evocative piano miniatures... In his early pieces he turned for inspiration to the poetry of Goethe, Heine, Hugo, Tennyson, Shelley, D.G. Rossetti, Hans Christian Andersen, and Bulwer-Lytton. Four sets—Idyllen (revised as Six Idyls after Goethe), Sechs Gedichte nach Heinrich Heine, Vier kleine Poesien, and Marionetten—provide a conspectus of his approaches. In the Goethe set he cultivates the manner he was to master in later piano sets: triggered by the poetry, he provides in each movement his single impression, his personal response to an image of the natural world (under such titles as “In the Woods” and “To the Moonlight”). Dolores Pesce and Margery Morgan Lowens in Grove online. Item #25183
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