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Imagine a cabin, flowers, a field, and a wild rose in the middle looking up at the sky as if praying. We invite you to listen and rest your heart and mind with Sandpiper Records new musical offering. Julianna Waller and Carlos R Martínez bring you their arrangement of this lovely piece, To a Wild Rose.

It is one of composer Edward MacDowell's most well-known and beloved works and is part of the Woodland Sketches for solo piano he finished in 1896. MacDowell used Native American themes in this simple but lovely masterwork.

MacDowell's biographer Alan Levy wrote that the American composer had the discipline to write a few measures of music every morning before breakfast. He would then discard them. One morning as he went on his daily routine he wrote the first measures of a simple melody, crumpled the paper and tossed it to the fire but missed. His wife Mirian picked it up, uncrumpled it, went to her piano and fell in love with the tune. Upon MacDowell's return, she told him, "This is a charming melody”, to which he responded, " It is not bad — very simple. It makes me think of wild roses near the cabin."

So, a crumpled piece of paper with a couple of written measures, that just missed the fire, a simple piece, makes you think that indeed there are pieces that are destined for posterity.


released March 17, 2020
Julianna Waller, violin
Carlos R Martinez, Piano & Orchestration


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Sandpiper Records Kentucky

Sandpiper Records is the music label of today's prolific composers, Julianna Waller & Carlos R Martinez. Their music is captivating, rich, deeply moving, dramatic, elegant and masterful. As a minority-owned business they want to leave a legacy of new music and impact their listeners. ... more

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