The Macdowell Colony (1907-)

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The MacDowell Colony has just celebrated its centenary.

Since it was founded in 1907 by the American composer Edward MacDowell and his pianist wife Marian, America's first artistic residency programme has played host to more than six thousand artists.

On a visit to the Colony, Donald Macleod met composer Stewart Wallace, who was there working on his latest opera, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Blake Tewksbury, an authority on the MacDowell Colony.

He looks back at the Colony's history, with the help of Robin Rausch, music specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington.

Donald Macleod begins his exploration of the MacDowell Colony.

The MacDowell Colony founded in 1907 by the American composer Edward MacDowell and his pianist wife Marian.

America's first artistic residency programme has played host to more than six thousand artists.

As part of its centenary year celebrations, in 2007 Donald Macleod was allowed exclusive access to the colony set in its own grounds in New Hampshire, USA.

There he meets composer Stewart Wallace, working on his Opera The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Blake Tewksbury, an authority on the MacDowell Colony.

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Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical history of the MacDowell Colony.

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Donald talks to Dolores Pesce, professor of musicology at the Washington University in St Louis, about Edward MacDowell's music and influence on later American composers and visits writer Tom Piazza, who is currently hard at work on his forthcoming book.

Donald Macleod talks to Prof Dolores Pesce about Edward MacDowell's music.

As part of its centenary celebrations, in 2007 Donald Macleod was invited to visit the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA.

In today's programme he talks to Dolores Pesce, Pesce, Professor of Musicology at the Washington University in St Louis about Edward MacDowell's music and influence on later American composers and visits the writer Tom Piazza in residence at the colony.

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Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical history of the MacDowell Colony.

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Edward MacDowell believed that creative artists need uninterrupted time and space and the opportunity to meet and share ideas with artists from other disciplines.

Donald Macleod visits animator, artist and photographer Corrie Francis making her first visit to the MacDowell Colony and finds out what life was like for the early residents, composers Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

Donald Macleod finds out what life was like for early residents of the MacDowell Colony.

The founder of the MacDowell colony, American composer Edward MacDowell believed that the creative artists need uninterupted time and space and the opportunity to meet and share ideas with artists from the other disciplines.

On a visit to the MacDowell colony in 2007, Donald Macleod visits animator, artist and photographer Corrie Francis in one of the studios and finds out what life was like for the early residents, including composers Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

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Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical history of the MacDowell Colony.

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A gifted artist himself, Edward MacDowell almost gave up his musical career to study drawing.

He was also fascinated by photography, dabbled in architecture and published a book of verse.

All of these interests are reflected in the facilities available to artists wishing to come to The MacDowell Colony.

Donald Macleod talks to composers Paul Moravec and Ned Rorem about their residencies there and sees how MacDowell's vision of an interaction between artistic disciplines can work.

Donald Macleod explores MacDowell's vision of an interaction between artistic disciplines.

A gifted artist himself, Edward MacDowell he almost gave up his musical career to study drawing.

He was fascinated by photography and was well read, publishing a book of verse and also dabbled in architecture.

All these interests are reflected in the facilities available to artists wishing to come to The MacDowell Colony.

Donald Macleod talks to composers Paul Moravec and Ned Rorem about their residencies at The MacDowell Colony and sees how MacDowell's vision of an interaction between artistic disciplines can work.

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Cheryl Young explains the links between sponsorship and an artistic residency programme.

By the time Leonard Bernstein came to stay at the MacDowell Colony he was a well established composer.

As Copland had been before him, he proved to be an important advocate for several other Colony Fellows including Lukas Foss.

As part of its centenary celebrations in 2007, Cheryl Young, the Executive Director of The MacDowell Colony shares her thoughts on the relationship between sponsorship and an artistic residency programme and explains how the Colony is influencing and encouraging other creative initiatives around the world.

The MacDowell Colony (1907-)

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical history of the MacDowell Colony.

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Just as Copland had been before him, Bernstein proved to be an important advocate for several other Colony Fellows, including Lukas Foss.

Cheryl Young, the Executive Director of the MacDowell Colony, shares her thoughts on the relationship between sponsorship and an artistic residency programme, and explains how the Colony is influencing and encouraging other creative initiatives around the world.