Amy Beach

Amy Marcy Beach, born in Cheney (born 5 September 1867 in Henniker, New Hampshire, † December 27, 1944 in New York City ) was an American composer, pianist and the first American woman who wrote a symphony and so in then a marked man's broke.


Amy Cheney was a child prodigy. It is said that they already could sing 40 different melodies with a year. A year later she began to improvise the second voice and taught himself to read at age three. Also known as a composer, she used her self-taught skills: How to orchestrated an orchestra, she learned only after Hector Berlioz's book on the Treatise on Instrumentation. With four years, she once wore a piano piece from memory before, but a semitone higher, because the piano was out of tune and she wanted the original sound.

As musical representative of the USA at the World Expo 1893 in Chicago, she was known in music circles and among the advocates of women's emancipation.

After her husband's death in 1910, Beach went on a three -year tour to Europe, where she gave concerts with his own piano works. In 1914 she returned to the U.S. and spent some time at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Since the 1920s she lived in New York and worked at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan, the largest Episcopal congregation in the city. This position she had to give up in 1940 due to a heart disease which she died in 1944.


Your piano music is simultaneously reminiscent of the romance and the burgeoning "New Music ". 2011, the piano works have been published in an edition of 3 CD at Guild Records. Your today known works are

  • Symphony in E minor ("The Gaelic " )
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 45
  • Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano, Op 34
  • Pastorale for Woodwind Quintet, Op 151
  • Furthermore, various choral music works and exhibition, as well as
  • Piano Works and other chamber music.