Though it is less familiar by title than many traditional prelude pieces for weddings, this little gem by Edward MacDowell is nonetheless very pretty, and fairly recognizable, if not by title. MacDowell was a turn of the century American composer, most well known for his piano suites and second piano concerto. Born in 1860, his compositions fall in line with others of the romantic era.
Liszt became an ardent supporter of MacDowell after hearing him play during MacDowell’s years at a conservatory in Darmstadt, Germany. MacDowell was friends with other prominent composers of his era, including Edvard Grieg and George Templeton Strong.
To A Wild Rose is included in one of our wedding prelude albums, currently titled “Preludes of Classic Beauty” and is from one of his piano suites, “Woodland Sketches.”
Some of our pianists reading this may have played one of his other familiar piano suites – “New England Idylls”, or “Sea Pieces.”