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Woodland Sketches, Op. 51

By Edward MacDowell

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Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 composed by Edward MacDowell (1861-1908). Edited by Willard A. Palmer. For solo piano. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Library. Romantic Period, Instructional and Method. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Collection. Standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 32 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.2278).

With standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). Romantic Period, Instructional and Method. 9x12 inches.

This suite of tone poems has survived as MacDowell's best-known work. Included among the 10 pieces are the familiar miniatures, "To a Wild Rose" and "Will o' the Wisp." The last work of the set, "Told at Sunset" reiterates a considerable amount of thematic material from earlier works, making the suite especially effective when performed in its entirety. The pieces are similar in difficulty to "Sea Pieces," Op. 55.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 5-8.

About SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced)

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4 and 5-note chords spanning more than an octave. Intricate rhythms and melodies.

  • TO a Wild Rose 
  • Will o' the Wisp 
  • At an Old Trysting Place 
  • In Autumn 
  • From an Indian Lodge 
  • To a Water Lily 
  • From Uncle Remus 
  • A Deserted Farm 
  • By a Meadow Brook 
  • Told at Sunset 

Woodland Sketches, Op. 51

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  • 5

    Kendal, Cumbria, England.
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  • June 05, 2011 American impressions

    Attractive cover. A good introduction to the work of MacDowell. Well presented and easy to read. Satisfying to perform.

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  • 5

    New Smyrna Beach, FL
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    Early intermediate
  • April 26, 2009 Excellent variety of short pieces

    I was first introduced to Edward MacDowell's piano music by my teacher in my second or third year of lessons as a youngster, many years ago. I recommend it for piano teaching. Especially lovely and haunting are 'To A Wild Rose', 'Trysting Place', and 'Deserted Farm'. They are quite...

    easy to learn--Early Intermediate. A few of the other pieces are a bit more difficult. This sheet music is very well produced. The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire,named for Edward MacDowell, is a special retreat for selected musicians--and a charming place for all to visit.

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  • 5

    New Jersey
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  • October 03, 2007 Gotta love "To A Wild Rose"

    I ordered this book just to have "To a Wild Rose." I played it in a wedding while the flower girls walked down the aisle, and it was PERFECT! Unfortunately, I can't give feedback about the rest of the sketches because they are still unfamiliar to me. Overall, I...

    thought the book was a good price.

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  • 5

    Auburn, Georgia
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  • May 04, 2007 Discovering Edward Macdowell.

    The music is wonderful. This is the first time I played MacDowell's music, and have fallen in love with it. The harmonies are great, and the music is easy to read.

    34 of 54 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

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  • September 02, 2005 Excellent

    This volume is worth buying even if it contained only No. 1-"To a Wild Rose." But many of the other pieces are very effective as well, such as "At an Old Trysting Place," "To a Water Lily," "By a Meadow Brook"(this is the most challenging piece in the...

    suite), and "Told at Sunset." And it's only 6.00!

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