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Definition: Beach, Amy Marcy from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US pianist and composer, also known as Mrs Henry Beach. She was one of the leading international composers of her day, influenced by Brahms, Debussy, and her US contemporaries writing in a romantic vein.

WorksOrchestralGaelic Symphony (1896, the first symphonic work by an American woman); Christ in the Universe for chorus and orchestra (1931); piano concerto.

Chamber string quartet, piano trio.

Other Mass in E; numerous songs.


Summary Article: Beach, Amy Marcy
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Sept. 5, 1867, Henniker, N.H., U.S.—died Dec. 27, 1944, New York, N.Y.) U.S. composer and pianist. A precociously brilliant musician, she performed as soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe. As a composer she was devoted to German Romanticism rather than American themes or sources. Her best-loved works were her songs. Her Gaelic Symphony (1894) was the first symphony by an American woman. Other works include a piano concerto (1899), the choral pieces The Chambered Nautilus (1907) and Canticle of the Sun (1928), the opera Cabildo (1932), and a piano quintet (1907).

Birth Place: Henniker, New Hampshire, United States

Death Place: New York City, New York, United States

Name: Beach, Amy Marcy or Amy Marcy Beach

Gender: female

Nationality: American

Activity: American musician

Keywords: symphony, performance, musical composition, “Sonata in A Minor”, American, “Piano Concerto”, “Piano Concerto in C-sharp Minor”, “Mass in E-flat”, Amy Marcy Beach, New Hampshire, New York City, New York, solo concerto, piano, music, sonata, song, Henniker, “Eilende Wolken”, “Gaelic Symphony”, Beach, Amy Marcy, mass

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