Music and Love

American composer Edward MacDowell fell in love and married Marion his piano student while both were living in Germany. Finances caused them to return to the States and eventually buy a farm in New Hampshire where Edward would write some of his most romantic and beloved pieces of music. Critics and the public adored him.

MacDowell composed a piano piece titled
MacDowell composed a piano piece titled “Cradle Song”, Marian suffered an illness that resulted in her being unable to bear children.

In 1904 a Hansom Cab ran over Edward which seemed to contribute to growing dementia and failing health possibly due to tertiary syphilis. Lawrence Gilman, a contemporary, described him: “His mind became as that of a little child. He sat quietly, day after day, in a chair by a window, smiling patiently from time to time at those about him, turning the pages of a book of fairy tales that seemed to give him a definite pleasure, and greeting with a fugitive gleam of recognition certain of his more intimate friends.” Wikipedia

The composer at rest.
The composer at rest.

His dying wish was for a colony of musicians to delight in the magic of the little farm Marion had bought. Marion sought and found help in the form of The MENDELSSOHN GLEE CLUB which raised money to help the MacDowells. Friends launched a public appeal to raise funds for his care; among the signers were Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan and Grover Cleveland.

Marion cared for her husband until his death and founded THE MACDOWELL COLONY. She resumed her piano career and  spent the rest of her life traveling and lecturing to support her husband’s dream.

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  1. Aw…poignant story. I did not know of them. I love the common history you unwrap for us, AM (Glee Club!). In such pretty vintage packages.

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    1. Hi Diana!

      Hope you’re having a peaceful summer.

      Love,
      A

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      1. Funny you use that word peaceful. Been a hard week. I could actually use some prayers today, Adrienne. For peace and wisdom, that God will prove Himself bigger than my follies and best, and no one will be able to thwart His plans for my son. (Just threw up on you. I appreciate being able to reach out.)

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      2. Hahaha! I will pray for you RIGHT NOW!!!

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      3. I’m interrupting your prayers LOL but a great many thanks!! Ran into some tough relational stuff last wk and it’s impacted the kind of service my son gets somewhere. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!

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