MacDowell [McDowell], Edward (Alexander )
- Dolores Pesce
- and Margery Morgan Lowens
(b New York, NY, Dec 18, 1860; d New York, NY, Jan 23, 1908). American composer, pianist, and teacher. At the turn of the 20th century he was America’s best-known composer both at home and abroad, particularly renowned for his piano concertos and evocative piano miniatures.
MacDowell’s ancestry was English on his mother’s side and Scottish-Irish on his father’s. Though his father’s family had been Quakers, there is little indication that MacDowell practiced this or any other religion. He showed skill in drawing and music at an early age, and when he was eight began piano lessons with the Colombian violinist Juan Buitrago. Buitrago introduced him as a boy to teresa Carreño, who encouraged him and later became a promoter of his music in the United States and abroad.
In April 1876 his mother took him to Paris to attend the Conservatoire, where he studied the piano with Antoine F. Marmontel. Dissatisfied with the instruction he was receiving, he went on to Germany in ...