In this edition of Woodland Sketches, Op. 51, Gary Busch provides unique commentary on Edward MacDowell's early life and training as a composer and teacher, as well as his performance style. Commentaries on Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 as a collection, and the individual pieces concerning their conception and development, will give great insight into these exceptional pieces. The editing and research provided by Gary Busch will highlight aspects of this collection that are unique to his scholarly approach.