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Monday, September 05, 2011

Sept 5th


Born this day in 1867, Amy Cheney Beach, child prodigy pianist and composer. Beach was playing the piano at age three, her formal training began at age six with her mother. Beach made her debut at age seven. In 1875 Beach's family moved to Boston and it is in Boston that Beach goes into serious training in piano, harmony, counterpoint, an composition. In 1885 Beach has her piano debut with the Boston Symphony. Marriage brought a hiatus to Beach's career and so at home, she composed.
Over 150 works during the Romantic period. After the death of her husband, Beach went on a world tour, making up for lost time. The premiere of the "Gaelic Symphony" on October 30th 1896 preformed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The first woman composer. Beach wrote the opera Cabildo in 1932. Retiring in 1940 with heart disease and Christmas 1944 Beach died.