Music at Columbia: The First 100 Years

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Boston Symphony

Program, concert at the Metropolitan Opera House, January 23, 1896

Edward MacDowell Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library


MacDowell played his own Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, as well as the premier performance of his “Indian Suite” from manuscript. Columbia's music search committee was in attendance, and the experience prompted the committee chairman, John W. Burgess, to write later, “we went away from that concert pretty well convinced that MacDowell was our man.”

Columbia University

Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Music, Announcement for 1897-98

Columbia University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library


The Announcement for 1897-98 set out for the first time the Department of Music’s statement of purpose and its course offerings. Publication coincided with the department’s arrival at the newly inaugurated Morningside Heights campus. For more of the text of this announcement, see next page.


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