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Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an American Composer, 1867-1944

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Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944), the most widely performed composer of her generation, was the first American woman to succeed as a creator of large-scale art music. Her Gaelic Symphony, given its premiere by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first work of its kind by an American woman to be performed by an American orchestra. Almost all of her more than 30 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 17th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
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A superb account of Amy Beach's life and career, and of why her music matters. ...more
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Excellent biography of a wonderful American composer.
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This book is filled with boundless historical information. There are also great music exerpts with accompanying theory analysis throughout. I did not find it a book I could sit down and read straight through. With such vast information I had to take time to digest before continuing. Amy Beach's story is amazing and the author, Adrienne Fried Block, has composed an incredible book backed by solid research. ...more
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