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Born: 1860, New York

Died: 1908, New York

"We may regard rhythm as the intellectual side of music, melody as its sensuous side."

Although he was America's best known composer of the Gilded Age - at home and abroad - and used Amerindian themes in some of his music, EDWARD MACDOWELL'S musical roots were firmly established in German Romanticism. He composed several symphonic poems and two orchestral suites, as well as a host of solo and part songs (many on his own poetry), but was most famous for his collections of piano miniatures and his two early piano concertos, both written in Germany. He was widely admired also as a virtuoso pianist himself, and was Columbia University's first professor of music.