Included are string quartet arrangements of five of MacDowell's ten Woodland Sketches which he composed for piano. MacDowell is one of America's musical treasures, revered the world over during the late 19th century. Several sketches are not technically difficult but are just plain beautiful in their simplicity requiring sensitive musicianship of the highest order. Two of the sketches are quite demanding regarding technique and fines. Careful study and rehearsing will result in a rewarding performance of this early American work. The sketches do not segue from one to another, so performers can play them separately or pick and choose for a suite of 2 or 3.