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The MacDowell Colony


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Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Art Colonies in the United States and the Genesis of the MacDowell Colony Chapter 4 2. The Founding of the MacDowell Colony, 1907-1932 Chapter 5 3. Marian MacDowell: Founder of the MacDowell Colony Chapter 6 4. 1910-1940 Chapter 7 5. 1941-1970 Chapter 8 6. 1971-2000 Part 9 Contents of Appendixes Chapter 10 Appendix A: Illustrations Chapter 11 Appendix B: Figures Chapter 12 Appendix C: Documents Chapter 13 Appendix D: Interviews Chapter 14 Appendix E: Awards and Honors Chapter 15 Appendix F: Sources for Composer Fellows in Residence, 1910-1930 Chapter 16 Appendix G: Tables Part 17 Selected Bibliography Part 18 Index Part 19 About the Author

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Bridget Falconer-Salkeld has a MPhil in United States studies from the Institute of United States Studies in the University of London. Current research interests include the MacDowell Colony, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, George Whitefield Chadwick, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson.


The MacDowell Colony is a magnificent place with an intriguing history. It's about time there was a book on it, and I am glad Bridget Falconer-Salkeld has now filled that void. -- Phillip Ramey, composer
For as long as I can remember, the MacDowell Colony has been a symbol of American musical creativity. This study should be of great interest to all lovers of serious music. -- Russell Oberlin, Founding Member, New York Pro Musica, Fulbright Senior Research Scholar
Edward MacDowell, who had the dream of turning his beloved New Hampshire retreat into an artists' colony, was a distinguished composer who was also an accomplished visual artist and a fine writer. How appropriate, then, that the site that bears his name should have become a hallowed ground for so many artists in so many different fields. The privacy granted to those who come to create there has long prevented the wider world from understanding the Colony's importance in American artistic life. Bridget Falconer-Salkeld has given us a precious glimpse into the workings and the influence of this American Treasure. -- Steven Ledbetter, Musicologist
Bravo for [this] wonderful study of the MacDowell Colony. -- Ned Rorem, Author and Composer
Founded in 1907, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire has hosted some of the last century's most respected musicians. This history offers readers a glimpse behind the scenes of this renowned artists' community. Coverage ranges from an examination of earlier artists' colonies in America, through the early years of the community, and on to recent years, when the MacDowell Colony began to attract the attention of public and charitable endowments. Transcriptions of interviews with Barbara Kolb, Russell Oberlin, and other notable associates of the community are found in the appendix. * Reference and Research Book News *
Bridget Falconer-Salkeld's new book, The MacDowell Colony: A Musical History of America's Premier Artists' Community, documents the importance of place and community in the creative process by examining the influences behind the founding of the Colony, and chronicling the innovative musical work created here. * The Macdowell Colony Newsletter *
...[Bridget Falconer-Salkeld] probably now knows more about the colony than anyone else on either side of the Atlantic. * The Brighton Graduate *
Falconer-Salkeld...offers an extensively documented examination of the colony's development plus numerous anecdotes about everyday life there....Recommended. * CHOICE *

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