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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.

Sept 4th

Born this day in 1824, Phoebe Cary, poet. Phoebe and her sister Alice wrote poetry on their family farm in Ohio. At the time, her sister Alice was more prolific, though Phoebe wrote less, her work today is viewed as more refine. The sisters both were published in their teens. Edgar Allen Poe and John Greenleaf Whittier recognized their work that the sisters published, "Poems of Alice and Phoebe Cary" in 1850. With positive reviews, the sisters moved to New York City. The Cary sisters held salons on Sunday evenings that began famous- they were famous. Phoebe was assistant editor for Susan B. Anthony's newspaper,"The Revolution". Both were published in regularly in national newspapers and magazines. Sadly, Alice (4 years older than Phoebe)suffering from exhaustion, died at the age of 51. Phoebe,heart broken died five months later, age 47.

On this day in 1992, Oprah Winfry hosted the 1st non news program seen on three networks simultaneously (CBS, NBC and PBS). "Scared Silent", a program addressing child abuse.