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  • Writer's pictureAyanthi Anandagoda

Sous Les Étoiles: Suite Française (for piano), Op. 65

Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an American Composer

Born into a musical family in Victorian times, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) started composing as a child of four and was equally gifted as a pianist. Her talent was recognized early by Boston's leading musicians, who gave her unqualified support. Although Beach believed that the life of a professional musician was the only life for her, her parents had raised her for marriage and a career of amateur music-making. Her response to this parental (and later spousal) opposition was to find creative ways of reaching her goal without direct confrontation. Discouraged from a full-scale concert career, she instead found her métier in composition. Success as a composer of art songs came early for Beach: indeed, her songs outsold those of her contemporaries.

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