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By Adrienne Fried Block

Amy Marcy Cheney seashore (1867-1944), the main commonly played composer of her iteration, used to be the 1st American girl to be successful as a writer of large-scale artwork tune. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, given its most suitable by means of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was once the 1st paintings of its type by way of an American girl to be played through an American orchestra. just about all of her greater than three hundred works have been released quickly once they have been composed and played, and this present day her tune is discovering new advocates and audiences for its power, depth, and sheer good looks. but, formerly, no full-length severe biography of Beach's existence or finished serious evaluate of her song existed. This biography admirably fills that hole, absolutely analyzing the connections among Beach's lifestyles and paintings in mild of social currents and dominant ideologies. Born right into a musical relatives in Victorian occasions, Amy seashore begun composing as a toddler of 4 and used to be both talented as a pianist. Her expertise was once famous early by way of Boston's major musicians, who gave her unqualified aid. even if seashore believed that the lifetime of a qualified musician was once the single lifestyles for her, her mom and dad had raised her for marriage and a profession of beginner music-making. Her reaction to this parental (and later spousal) competition was once to discover inventive methods of attaining her objective with no direct disagreement. Discouraged from a full-scale live performance occupation, she as an alternative chanced on her m?tier in composition. luck as a composer of paintings songs got here early for seashore: certainly, her songs outsold these of her contemporaries. however, she was resolute to split her paintings from the genteel parlor tune girls have been writing in her day by way of developing large-scale works--a Mass, a symphony, and chamber music--that challenged the permitted concept that girls have been incapable of constructing excessive artwork. She gained the consideration of peers and the allegiance of audiences. many that praised her paintings, notwithstanding, thought of her an exception between girls. Beach's response to this was once to hitch with different ladies composers of great track via selling their works together with her personal. Adrienne Fried Block has written a biography that takes complete account of problems with gender and musical modernism, contemplating seashore within the contexts of her time and of her composer contemporaries, either female and male. Amy seashore, Passionate Victorian can be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of yankee track, and to track enthusiasts as a rule.

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Boston had come to hear a homegrown prodigy play two major works, Moscheles's Concerto No. 2 in G minor and Chopin's Rondo in El, op. 16, works that would allow the critics to take her measure as a pianist and an artist. This was not the sort of solo debut recital that became the rule in the twentieth century. Rather it was a variety program typical of the time and a much kinder way to introduce a debutante. The concert was organized by Alfred P. Peck in celebration of his twentieth year as manager of the Music Hall.

A photo taken in San Francisco shows Amy Cheney in an elaborate and fashionable dress of velvet, with lace collar and cuffs and a bustle, the like of which is not seen in photos taken back East. 34 While she was in San Francisco, her quick ear and tonal memory served the cause of ornithology. She met the poet Edward Rowland Sill, professor of English literature at the University of California in Berkeley, who was collecting bird songs for a colleague's book. " As she describes the spring morning, [T]he poet and I sat down behind a stone wall.

But Amy Beach defied the stereotype: she was both a fine musician and, by her mother's definition, one hundred percent American. Biographies of Amy Beach cite three early eminences in her extended family. The first is on the Cheney side: General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), related through Beach's paternal grandmother, Rebecca Dearborn (Rundlett) Cheney. A hero of the Revolutionary War who was at the Battle of Bunker Hill and Valley Forge under Washington, Dearborn also served as a representative in Congress and Thomas Jefferson's secretary of war.

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