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Marian MacDowell

Marian MacDowell (maiden name Marian Griswold Nevins) (November 22, 1857 – August 23, 1956) was an American pianist and philanthropist. In 1907, she and her husband Edward MacDowell founded the MacDowell Colony for artists in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her leadership of the artist retreat through two world wars, the Great Depression and other challenges created one of the foremost cultural institutions in the United States, which cultivated the work of generations of musicians, writers, poets, sculptors, and visual artists.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 22nd, 1857 (New York City), Died August 23rd, 1956 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano

Notes: Wife of composer Edward MacDowell.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1917-08-01-02] Not documented 8/1/1917 To a wild rose Marian MacDowell Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Victor [Trial 1917-08-01-03] Not documented 8/1/1917 The water-lily Marian MacDowell Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "MacDowell, Marian," accessed June 19, 2021,

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"MacDowell, Marian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 June 2021.

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