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Edward MacDowell: An American Composer's Legacy

At the turn of the 20th century, critic Rupert Hughes pronounced Edward A. MacDowell “the greatest of American composers.” Over the next decade the accolades grew, cresting during the years following his death in 1908. The current exhibit at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library features Edward MacDowell (1860-1908), who was one of the first seven people to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and known as the first internationally recognized American composer. The artists' residency and workshop in New Hampshire (known now as MacDowell) is named after him. The exhibit showcases the life and works of this pianist and composer with scores, letters, and photographs from Special Collections in Performing Arts (an archive housed in MSPAL). 

This exhibit runs from August 29, 2022 through May 12, 2023.

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