Woodland Sketches (tr Winterbottom)

From Wind Repertory Project
Edward MacDowell

Edward MacDowell (trans. Frank Winterbottom)

This work bears the designation Opus 51.

General Info

Year: 1896 / 1923
Duration: c. 21:38
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only - $12.00


1. To a Wild Rose – 1:45
2. Willo' the Wisp – 1:22
3. At an Old Trysting Place – 2:00
4. In Autumn – 1:46
5. From an Indian Lodge – 2:53
6. To a Water-lily – 2:12
7. From Uncle Remus – 1:30
8. A Deserted Farm – 2:22
9. By a Meadow Brook – 1:30
10. Told at Sunset – 4:18


Condensed Score
C Flute and Piccolo
D-flat Flute and Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone and Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Woodland Sketches,Op. 51, is a suite of ten short piano pieces by the American composer Edward MacDowell. It was written during an 1896 stay at MacDowell's summer retreat in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where each piece was inspired by a different aspect of the surrounding nature and landscape. The suite was first published in 1896, with pieces such as To a Wild Rose (No. 1) and To a Water-lily (No. 6) becoming some of MacDowell's most popular works. While some pieces are notable for their use of impressionistic techniques in depicting the New England wilderness, others are based on elements from Native American and Southern music. Woodland Sketches is considered by critics and historians to contain some of MacDowell's most skillful and distinctive works.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • North Carolina: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Capital Region Wind Ensemble (Schenectady, N.Y.) (Brett Wery, conductor) - 2 October 2022
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) Wind Ensemble (Brian E. Messier, conductor) - 2 November 2021
  • Georgia College (Milledgeville) Wind Symphony (Cliff Towner, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 16 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • MacDowell, E.; Winterbottom, F.; Sousa Archives and Center for American Music (1923). Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 [score]. Hawkes & Sons: London.
  • Woodland Sketches. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023