Selected early-advanced solo piano music from the Etudes, op. 39, and Woodland sketches, op. 51, of Edward Macdowell
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The purpose of this dissertation is to identify musical and technical challenges found in Edward MacDowell’s Etudes, Op. 39, and Woodland Sketches, Op. 51, to provide pedagogical suggestions for teachers and students, and to increase exposure for these works. This study will offer pedagogical and performance suggestions, addressing both technical and musical issues. The analysis will feature a discussion of piano technique, musical expression and style, and pedagogical usefulness. The information of this study will also provide early-advanced students a transition to the next level, help piano teachers have more variety in repertoire selection for students’ auditions and competitions, and present an American composer and American piano literature.