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Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an American Composer, 1867-1944
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 ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
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I don't know how many others would be interested in this book, but in the last few years I've become interested in composers who were overlooked because of their gender and/or race. When I was trying to put together a program of piano music by American composers (a program I haven't yet given) I bought a collection of Beach's piano pieces and was very impressed by them. The more I learned about her, the more interested I became. After reading Block's biography of Beach, I am convinced that if sh ...more