Sinfonia Tragica for Symphony Orchestra... arranged... by Modest Altschuler. [Full score]. Edward MACDOWELL.

Sinfonia Tragica for Symphony Orchestra... arranged... by Modest Altschuler. [Full score]

New York: The Composers Press [PN C.P. 223], [c1946]. Folio. Original publisher's cloth-backed wrappers printed in dark green, publisher's device to verso of lower. 1f. (title), [i] (facsimile of autograph letter from Marian MacDowell to Mr. Haubiel relative to the work's orchestration), [iii] (List of Subscribers), 137, [i] (publisher's catalogue "Compositions by American Composers" including Cadman, MacDowell-Altschuler, Haubiel and Johns).

Wrappers quite worn; edges browned and slightly frayed and cockled.

First Edition in this form.

The Sonata Tragica, op. 45, composed in 1892-93, received its first complete public performance in March of 1893 at Chickering Hall in Boston.

"Huneker, the celebrated American writer on music, described this sonata, soon after its appearance, as 'the most marked contribution to solo sonata literature since Brahms' F minor piano sonata...' The work is chiefly notable for its general boldness and strength, punctuated by passages of intimate tenderness and deepness of expression, and its slow movement is one of MacDowell's most inspired efforts..." Porte: Edward MacDowell, pp. 89-90.

"The style evinces, for the first time in [MacDowell's] piano music, the striking orchestral character of his thought..." Gilman: Edward Macdowell, p. 150.

On the posthumous orchestration of the Sonata more than 50 years after its composition, Marian MacDowell writes:

"I appreciate deeply Mr. Altschuler's desire to orchestrate the Sonata Tragica. I remember very well MacDowell rather regretfully saying after it was finished, "this really is not so much for piano; I think it would sound better for orchestra," but in those days there were but rare opportunities in this country for the production of American orchestral works. I am, therefore, happy that Mr. Altschuler should have changed the Sonata as written for the piano into the orchestral form which MacDowell had longed for - and I am sure he will do a fine piece of work. I am deeply grateful to him..." Marian MacDowell in her letter to Haubiel (reproduced in the prefatory material to the present edition of the score). Item #25190

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