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“Very Good for an American”: Essays on Edward MacDowell ed. by E. Douglas Bomberger (review)

“Very Good for an American”: Essays on Edward MacDowell ed. by E. Douglas Bomberger (review) Book Reviews 113 “Very Good for an American”: Essays on Edward MacDowell. Edited by E. Douglas Bomberger. American Music and Musicians 5. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2017. ISBN 978- 1- 57647- 3054. Paperback. Pp. xiii, 234. $48.00. Edward MacDowell was the most famous and highly regarded composer in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century until a variety of forces conspired to sweep him under the rug following his death in 1908. His “meteoric rise and subsequent fall” (1) may have contributed to a dearth of scholarship on this former giant of the cultivated tradition in American music, aside from some important research on MacDowell’s flirtation with Indian Ev ism en. a good com - prehensive biography of MacDowell and his music did not exist until recently, with readers having to choose between critic Lawrence Gilman’s hagiographic contemporary biography and historian Alan H. Levy’s volume, which does not adequately engage with the music. That the situation has changed as of late for MacDowell scholarship is largely due to E. Douglas Bomberger, whose excellent 2013 biography sets a new stan - dard for both historical and musical information on the composer In addition, . Bomberger convened the MacDowell http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

“Very Good for an American”: Essays on Edward MacDowell ed. by E. Douglas Bomberger (review)

American Music , Volume 38 (1) – Apr 3, 2020

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University of Illinois Press
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Book Reviews 113 “Very Good for an American”: Essays on Edward MacDowell. Edited by E. Douglas Bomberger. American Music and Musicians 5. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2017. ISBN 978- 1- 57647- 3054. Paperback. Pp. xiii, 234. $48.00. Edward MacDowell was the most famous and highly regarded composer in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century until a variety of forces conspired to sweep him under the rug following his death in 1908. His “meteoric rise and subsequent fall” (1) may have contributed to a dearth of scholarship on this former giant of the cultivated tradition in American music, aside from some important research on MacDowell’s flirtation with Indian Ev ism en. a good com - prehensive biography of MacDowell and his music did not exist until recently, with readers having to choose between critic Lawrence Gilman’s hagiographic contemporary biography and historian Alan H. Levy’s volume, which does not adequately engage with the music. That the situation has changed as of late for MacDowell scholarship is largely due to E. Douglas Bomberger, whose excellent 2013 biography sets a new stan - dard for both historical and musical information on the composer In addition, . Bomberger convened the MacDowell

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 3, 2020

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