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Amy Marcy Cheney Beach

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (Composer)

Born: 5th September 1867, Henniker, New Hampshire, U.S.A

Died: 27th December 1944, New York, U.S.A

Nationality: American

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. She was one of the first American composers to succeed without the benefit of European training, and one of the most respected and acclaimed American composers of her era. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave featuring her own music in the United States and in Germany.

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 Recording of the Week, American Quintets from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

An arresting debut album from the shape-shifting ensemble features piano quintets by Amy Beach and Florence Price, plus Samuel Barber's Dover Beach with bass Matthew Rose in superb voice.

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