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Maud Powell Favorites

A new edition of 43 rare masterworks for the violin, some never published before. Not available anywhere else!

"This music is wonderful! Maud Powell was really the female Fritz Kreisler." -- Leonard Slatkin
"Actually, Kreisler was the male Maud Powell! She came first!" -- Rachel Barton Pine

"I strongly believe that Powell's works will quickly find their way into the best-loved repertoire of amateur and professional violinists alike." -- Rachel Barton Pine

Karen A. Shaffer, Music Compilation & Introductory Notes
Rachel Barton Pine, Music Advisor & Editor

"The music dedicated to Powell by American composers and her transcriptions of music by Americans, including African-Americans, nearly chronicle the evolution of American music."  -- Karen Shaffer

Includes 43 outstanding violin works:
Maud Powell's transcriptions -- Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Sang" and "Humoresque," Coleridge-Taylor's "Deep River," J.R. Johnson's "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See," Palmgren's "May Night," Foster, Schoolcraft and Work's "Plantation Melodies," Sibelius's "Valse Triste" and "Musette," Gluck's "Melody," Martini's "Plaisir d'Amour," Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Song of India," and much more
Maud Powell's Brahms Concerto Cadenza -- the third one ever written (1891)
Powell's story and analysis of Vieuxtemps' The Arkansas Traveler
Powell's insightful lesson on performing Wieniawski's Légende
Music dedicated to, commissioned by or closely associated with Maud Powell -- Amy Beach's "Romance," Grainger's "Molly on the Shore," Bellstedt's "Dixie," MacDowell/Hartmann's "To a Wild Rose," Arthur Loesser's "California," Liebling's "Fantasia on Sousa Airs," Edwin Grasse's "Wellenspiel," and much more

Also includes an historical introduction and annotations putting the music in its historical context. This story of violin performance in America provides insights into an important, but little known, period in American history -- You will read how Maud Powell pioneered the violin recital in America and championed American composers of both genders. You will read how her innovative approach to programming recitals transformed a nation's taste in music.  You will read how she helped to integrate African-American music into classical music concerts in the context of the role black composers played in the development of classical music in America.  Includes a complete history of each work and Maud Powell's role in bringing it to the public. Every musician should know this vital piece of America's cultural history.

"Maud Powell -- Long one of the most powerful forces for musical advancement in America."  -- John C. Freund, Editor, Musical America, 1918

Click here for a complete list of Contents

Bonus:  CD sampler of selections from Rachel Barton Pine's American Virtuosa, Tribute to Maud Powell.

Limited Edition, Four volumes (not sold separately) (524 pages; 215 images)--
Volume One -- Historical Introduction and Annotations
Volumes Two and Three -- Piano
Volume Four -- Violin

Published by The Maud Powell Society for Music and Education, Brevard, NC (2009)


Maud Powell Favorites

Volume One

Historical Introduction and Annotations
A Word about Sources  
Key to Abbreviations
Maud Powell, “The Grand Woman of American Music”  
Maud Powell’s Letter Concerning Herself as a Musician
Pioneering the Violin Recital in America
     Recital Programming
     The Role of Transcriptions
     Program Notes
     Characteristics of Maud Powell’s Transcriptions
     Missing Transcriptions  
     Maud Powell’s Legacy through the Violin Recital
Championing Music by American Composers
Commentary on the Music, Parts I–VI


Volumes Two, Three and Four
Part I.    Maud Powell’s Transcriptions of European Music
   1.  Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) / Maud Powell
        Minuet in G major, WoO 10, No. 2              
   2.  Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805) / Maud Powell                    
        Six Quintets, Op. 11, String Quintet No. 5 in E major, G. 275, III:
   3.  Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) / Maud Powell
        Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"
   4.  François Couperin (1668–1733) / Maud Powell
        Pièces de clavecin, Book I, Première Ordre in G minor, No. 17:
        La fleurie ou La tendre Nanette / La Fleurie
   5.  Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) / Fritz Kreisler / Revised and adapted by Maud Powell
        Eight Humoresques, Op. 101, No. 7:
        Humoresque in G flat major
   6.  Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) / Maud Powell
        Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Melodies), Op. 55, IV:
        Als die alt Mutter / Songs My Mother Sang
   7.  Christoph W. Gluck (1714–1787) / Maud Powell
        Orphée et Eurydice, Act II, Scene ii:
        Dance of the Blessed Spirits / Melody
   8.  Adolf Jensen (1837–1879) / Maud Powell
        Serenade (Ständchen), Op. 32, No. 9 / Serenata
   9.  Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (1741–1816) / Maud Powell
        Love’s Delight (Plaisir d’amour)
   10.  Jules Massenet (1842–1912) / Maud Powell
          Poèmes pastorale, No. 4:
          Crépuscule / Twilight

   11.  Selim Palmgren (1878–1951) / Maud Powell
          Kevät (Spring), Op. 27, No. 4:
          Kevätyö (May Night)

   12.  Nikolay A. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908) / Maud Powell
          Sadko:  Song of the Indian Trader
          Chanson Indoue (Song of India)

   13.  Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) / Maud Powell                                 
          King Christian II Suite, Op. 27, III:

   14.  Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) / Friedrich Hermann / Revised and adapted by Maud Powell
          Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Part II.    Maud Powell’s Transcriptions of American Music

   15.  Stephen Collins Foster (1826–1864) / Luke Schoolcraft (1847–1893) / Henry Clay Work
          (1832–1884) / Maud Powell
          Plantation Melodies:  My Old Kentucky Home (Foster); Shine On (Schoolcraft);
          Old Black Joe (Foster); Kingdom Comin’ (Work)
   16.  Dan Emmett (1815–1904) / Maud Powell (1867-1920) after Herman Bellstedt Jr. (1858–1926)   
          Caprice on Dixie, for Violin (unaccompanied)   Includes annotation for No. 26
   17.  H(art) P(ease) Danks (1834–1903) / Maud Powell
          Silver Threads Among the Gold
Part III.    Maud Powell’s Transcriptions of African-American Music
   18.  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) / Maud Powell
          Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, Op. 59, No. 10:
          Deep River
   19.  J(ohn) Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) / Maud Powell
          Nobody Knows the Trouble I See

Part IV.    Maud Powell’s Original Cadenza for the Brahms Violin Concerto

  20.  Maud Powell (1867–1920)
          Cadenza for the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
          Manuscript facsimile
   21.  Maud Powell (1867–1920)
          Cadenza for the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
          Edited by Rachel Barton Pine



Part V.     Music Analyzed or Edited by Maud Powell
   22.  Maud Powell’s Story and Analysis of Henri Vieuxtemps’ Arkansas Traveller
          Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881)                    
          Bouquet américain, Op. 33, No. 6:
          Arkansas Traveller and Banjo Tune

   23.  Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880)         
          Légende for violin and piano, Op. 17          
          Edited and with an analytical lesson by Maud Powell
Part VI.     Original Music and Transcriptions Dedicated to,
Commissioned by, or Closely Associated with Maud Powell
   24.  Marion Eugenie Bauer (1882–1955)
          Up the Ocklawaha, Op. 6
   25.  Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (Amy Marcy Cheney Beach) (1867–1944)
          Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 23
   26.  Herman Bellstedt Jr. (1858–1926)
          Caprice on Dixie, for Violin (unaccompanied)
          See annotation for No. 16
   27.  Cecil Burleigh (1885–1980)
          Four Rocky Mountain Sketches, Op. 11:
          At Sunset, The Rapids, Up the Cañon, The Avalanche
   28.  Henri Ern (1863–1923)
          Menuet pour Violon et Piano, Op. 39, No. 1
   29.  Harry Mathena Gilbert (1879–1964)
          Marionettes (Scherzo)
   30.  Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961)
          Molly on the Shore
   31.  Molly on the Shore violin part revised by Maud Powell
   32.  Edwin A. Grasse (1884–1954)
          Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 19

   33.  Edwin A. Grasse (1884–1954)
          Wellenspiel (Waves at Play)
  34.  Edwin A. Grasse (1884–1954)                 
          In a Row Boat (Im Ruderboot)
   35.  Edwin A. Grasse (1884–1954)                 
          Polonaise No. 1 in C Major
   36.  Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) / Sol Marcosson (1869–1940)
          To Spring (An den Früling), Op. 43, No. 6
   37.  William Henry Humiston (1869–1923)
          Suite for Violin and Orchestra in F sharp minor
   38.  Henry Holden Huss (1862–1953)
   39.  Max Liebling (1845–1927)
          Fantasia on Sousa Themes
          Violin part edited by Rachel Barton Pine
   40.  Arthur Loesser (1894–1969)
          California (Humoresque) (On a Tune by Paladilhe)
   41.  Edward A. MacDowell (1860–1908) / Arthur Hartmann (1881–1956)
          Woodland Sketches, Op. 51:
          To a Wild Rose
   42.  Ede Poldini (1869–1957) / Arthur Hartmann (1881–1956)
          Marionnettes, No. 2:
          Poupée Valsante (Waltzing Doll)
   43.  Carl Venth (1860–1938)