Edward MacDowell (1860–1908) was America's most prominent nineteenth-century composer. Championed by Franz Liszt, he was one of the first U.S. composers to gain international recognition. A leading exponent of the Romantic tradition, he was a prolific composer for the piano. This outstanding collection presents his best, most characteristic works, reprinted from original editions. They include: Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 Sea Pieces, Op. 55 Fireside Tales, Op. 61 New England Idyls, Op. 62 These beautiful and affecting compositions reflect not only MacDowell's poetic Romanticism but also his virtuosic skills as a pianist, which won him an international reputation as a concert artist. Intermediate- and advanced-level pianists will appreciate the lyric intensity and ebullient spirit of these pieces.