One of the first American composers to be recognised internationally, Edward McDowell (1860-1908) was born in New York, went to Paris, France, to study at the age of 16,  and then went to Weimar, Germany, where he played his first piano concerto, and was encouraged by Liszt.

He returned to United States of America in 1888 after 12 years in Europe, to settle in Boston, Massachusetts. He taught pianoforte, performed as a concert pianist, and tried to find time to compose. His suite for piano Woodland Sketches  contains To a Wild Rose, which is his most well-loved composition. This employs a wistful, firmly diatonic melody, above a restrained harmony notable for its sparseness of chords whilst still lush and exotically chromatic. You may listen to it here on Best Classical Tunes.