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AMY BEACH  

(1867 - 1944)

The first American woman composer to prove successful in larger orchestral forms, Amy Beach, after her marriage, restricted her concert appearances as a pianist in order to comply with her husband’s desire that she concentrate on composition. After the death of her husband she resumed her successful performance career.

Orchestral Music

Beach’s Gaelic Symphony of 1896 drew on Irish thematic material as a source and model, a reflection of her own ancestral background. Her Piano Concerto of 1899 formed part of her concert repertoire, making some use of melodies taken from her own songs.

Chamber Music

Beach’s chamber music includes a Sonata and various other pieces for violin and piano, a Piano Quintet, Piano Trio and other works.

Piano Music

Amy Beach, a pianist herself, wrote a number of works for the instrument, including character pieces typical of the time as well as more formal works.

Songs

Amy Beach was most generally known to a wider public for her songs, some 117 in number, works that always show a strong feeling for the texts set. Some of these are French, some German, and others are by poets such as Longfellow, Shelley, Burns and Browning, as well as by her husband (Dr Henry Harris Aubrey Beach).

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN VIRTUOSA - Tribute to Maud Powell Cedille
CDR90000-097
Chamber Music
BEACH, A.: Cabildo [Opera] / Hermit Thrush at Eve / Give me not love / In the Twilight (Wilson) Delos
DE3170
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Opera, Vocal
BEACH, A.: Piano Concerto, Op. 45 / MASON, D.G.: Prelude and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 20 / String Quartet, Op. 19 (Bohm-Kooper) Turnabout
3037100282
Concerto
BEACH, A.: Theme and Variations / GINASTERA, A.: Impresiones de la Puna / FOOTE, A.: Nocturne and Scherzo (Music for a Sunday Morning) Delos
DE3173
Chamber Music
BEACH, A.: Vocal and Chamber Music (Rendezvous) (Waschinski, Meininger Trio) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix188
Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal
BEACH: Piano Concerto / 'Gaelic' Symphony Naxos
8.559139
Concerto, Orchestral
BEACH: Songs Naxos
8.559191
Vocal
BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 8: O Sole Mio (1920-1952) Naxos Historical
8.110792
Vocal
Chamber Music - BEACH, A. / BOULANGER, L. / CLARKE, R. (20th-Century Women Composers) (Windsor, Trio des Alpes) Dynamic
CDS7717
Vocal, Chamber Music
Chamber Music - SCHUMANN, C. / BEACH, A. / CARREÑO, T. / MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL, F. (Chamber Works by Women Composers) (Macalester Trio) Vox Box
CDX-5029
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - WILBYE, J. / MONK, T. / BACH, J. / BIZET, G. / FAURÉ, G. / IBERT, J. / GRIEG, E. / ALBINONI, T. / GOOMAN, B. (Music for Chamber Winds) Altissimo
75442261802
Chamber Music
EAMES, Emma: Complete Victor Recordings 1905-1911 Romophone
81001-2
Vocal
Piano Recital: Ishimoto, Hiroko - BACKER GRØNDAHL, A. / BĄDARZEWSKA-BARANOWSKA, T. / BEACH, A. / BON, A. (Pioneers - Piano Works by Female Composers) Grand Piano
GP844
Instrumental
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: PIONEERS OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559200
Concerto
Romantic Piano Concerto (The), Vol. 6 - GERSHWIN, G. / BARBER, S. / BEACH, A. / MACDOWELL, E. (List, Boehm, Ruskin) Vox Box
CDX-5069
Concerto
ROMANTIC PIANO CONCERTO ANTHOLOGY (THE), Vol. 3 (Ponti, Littauer, List, Blumental, Keller, Glazer, Dosse, Boehm, Marciano, Simon, Paillard-Francaix) Vox
VOX-ED-5977
Concerto
STORY OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558164-65
Concerto
Violin and Piano Recital: Barton Pine, Rachel / Hagle, Matthew - BRAHMS, J. / GERSHWIN, G. / RAVEL, M. / SCHUBERT, F. / STRAUSS, R. (Violin Lullabies) Cedille
CDR3006
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Irnberger, Thomas Albertus / Moser, Barbara (Ladies' Night) BEACH, A. / VIARDOT-GARCIA, P. / RÖNTGEN-MAIER, A. Gramola Records
Gramola99153
Chamber Music
VIOLIN LULLABIES Cedille
CDR90000-139
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Wohn, Dawn - ESMAIL, R. / ZWILICH, E.T. / KAPRÁLOVÁ, V. / KANG, Jung Sun / PRICE, F. / BOULANGER, L. / BEACH, A. (Perspectives) Delos
DE3547
Chamber Music
Vocal Music - HOLST, G. / BEACH, A. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Hymn to the Dawn) (Etherea Vocal Ensemble) Delos
DE3431
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Recital: Bielfield, Kyle - BEACH, A. / BARBER, S. / ROREM, N. / DUKE, J. / GRIFFES, C.T. (Stopping By) Delos
DE3445
Vocal
Role: Lyricist 
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