Works List

The following works list is based on the lists you will find in the book, Amy Beach: Passionate Victorian, and the Amy Beach Grove article, which were both written by the prominent Amy Beach biographer, Adrienne Fried Block.

MSS and other sources may be found in the collections of the following locations:

  1. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Amy Cheney Beach Collection
  2. Library of Congress Music Division, Arthur P. Schmidt Company Archives – Music Manuscripts – Finding Aid PDF
  3. New England Conservatory Library Collection
  4. University of New Hampshire Library Special Collections, Amy Cheney Beach (Mrs. H.H.A. Beach) Papers
  5. University of New Hampshire Library Special Collections, Adrienne Fried Block Papers
  6. University of New Hampshire Library Special Collections, Walter S. Jenkins Amy Cheney Beach Collection

Principal publishers of the music of Amy Beach include:

A-R Editions, Classical Vocal Reprint, Ditson, Hildegard, Masters Music, Presser, Recital, G. Schirmer, Schmidt, Walton.

Many works by Amy Beach are Public Domain, and therefore, they are available for free download access from such sites as the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP).  The Amy Marcy Beach webpage via IMSLP also includes several MSS that have been uploaded by Chris Trotman, the primary administrator of this site.  For more information concerning these MSS, please see the Music Manuscripts page!


All of the works by Amy Beach are separated into multiple tables.  Each of these tables includes all of the works within that respective genre.  Within each table, the works are arranged by ascending Opus number and/or year of composition/publication.

Abbreviations – A: alto; acc.: accompaniment; arr(s).: arrangement(s); B: bass (voice); fl: flute; frag.: fragment; fs: full score; hp: harp; movt(s): movement(s); obbl: obbligato; orch: orchestra; orchd: orchestrated; org: organ; os: organ score; pf: pianoforte (piano); ps: piano score; pubd: published; rev.: revised; S: soprano; spkr: speaker; str qt: string quartet; T: tenor; transcr.: transcribed; v: voice; va: viola; vc: violoncello; vn: violin; vs: vocal score or piano-vocal score; vv: voicesww qt: woodwind quintet.

*NOTE – All printed works were published in Boston unless otherwise indicated.


Simply use the following genre links to quickly navigate to the respective works list table.

JuveniliaChamberKeyboardOpera,

Orchestral/vocal-orchestralSacred choral,

Secular choralSongsOther works


Juvenilia

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Air and Variations, pf (1877)
Mamma’s Waltz, pf (1877)
Menuetto, pf (1877)
Romanza, pf (1877)
Petite valse, pf (1878)
The Rainy Day (H. Longfellow), 1v, pf, 1880 (1883)
4 Chorales: Come ye faithful (J. Hupton); Come to me (C. Elliott); O Lord, how happy should we be (J. Anstice); To heav’n I lift my waiting eyes, 4vv (1882)
Allegro appassionata, Moderato, Allegro con fuoco, pf 4 hands, pubd as Three Movements for Piano Four-Hands (1998)

Chamber

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23
Romance, vn, pf (1893)
34
Violin Sonata, 1896 (1899), transcr. fl, pf, transcr. va, pf, transcr. vc, pf
40/1-3
Three Compositions, vn, pf (1898), arr. vc (1903): La captive, Berceuse, Mazurka
55
Invocation, vn, pf/org, vc obbl (1904)
67
Piano Quintet, str qt, pf, 1907
80
Theme and Variations, fl, str qt, 1916 (1920), ed. J. Graziano, American Chamber Music, Three Centuries of American Music, viii (1991)
Caprice, The Water Sprites, fl, vc, pf, 1921, The Water Sprites arr. pf
89
String Quartet, 1 movt, 1929, ed. A.F. Block, Music of the United States of America, iii (Madison, WI, 1994)
90
Pastorale, fl, vc, pf, 1921, arr. vc, org, arr. vc, pf
Prelude, vn, vc, pf, 1931 [fragment]
125
Lento espressivo, vn, pf
150
Piano Trio, 1938 (1939)
151
Pastorale, ww qnt (1942)

Keyboard

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(for pf unless otherwise stated)

3
Cadenza to Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.3, op.37, 1st movt (1888)
4
Valse-caprice (1889)
6
Ballad(e) (1894)
15/1-4
Four Sketches (1892): In Autumn, Phantoms, Dreaming, arr. vc, pf, Fireflies
Untitled, 3 movts, pf 4 hands, before 1893
22
Bal masque (1894)
25
Children’s Carnival (1894)
28/1-3
Trois morceaux caractéristiques (1894): Barcarolle, rev. 1937, arr. vn, pf, 1937; Minuet italien; Danse des fleurs
36/1-5
Children’s Album (1897): Minuet, Gavotte, Waltz, March, Polka
47
Summer Dreams, pf 4 hands (1901)
54/1-2
Scottish Legend, Gavotte fantastique (1903)
60
Variations on Balkan Themes, 1904 (1906), orchd 1906, rev. (1936), arr. 2 pf (1937), orchd & arr. 2 pf by Hector Valdivia (2009)
64/1-4
Eskimos: Four Characteristic Pieces (1907), rev. (1943): Arctic Night, The Returning Hunter, Exiles, With Dog Teams
65/1-5
Suite française (1907): Les rêves de Columbine, La fée de la fontaine, Le prince gracieux, Valse étoiles, Danse d’Arlequin
70
Iverniana, 2 pf, 1910, lost
81
Prelude and Fugue, 1917 (1918)
83
From Blackbird Hills (1922)
87
Fantasia fugata (1923)
91
The Fair Hills of Eiré, O! pf/org (1922), rev. as Prelude on an Old Folk Tune, org (1943)
92/1-2
Hermit Thrush at Eve, Hermit Thrush at Morn, 1921 (1922)
97/1-5
From Grandmother’s Garden (1922) Morning Glories, Heartsease, Mignonette, Rosemary and Rue, Honeysuckle
102/1-2
Piano Compositions (1924): Farewell Summer, Dancing Leaves
104
Suite for Two Pianos Founded upon Old Irish Melodies (1924)
106
Old Chapel by Moonlight (1924)
107
Nocturne (1924)
108
A Cradle Song of the Lonely Mother (1924)
111
From Olden Times
114
By the Still Waters (1925)
116
Tyrolean Valse-fantaisie (1926)
119
From Six to Twelve (1927)
A Bit of Cairo (1928)
A September Forest, 1930
128/1-3
Three Pf Pieces (1932): Scherzino: a Peterborough Chipmunk, Young Birches, A Humming Bird
130
Out of the Depths (1932)
148
Five Improvisations, 1934 (1938)

Opera

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149
Cabildo (1, N.B. Stephens), solo vv, chorus, spkr, vn, vc, pf, 1932 (Athens, GA, 27 Feb 1945)

Orchestral/vocal-orchestral

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For a more detailed, comprehensive table of orchestral works and works with orchestra by Amy Beach, please click here.

18
Eilende Wolken, Segler die Lüfte (F. von Schiller), A, orch, 1892, vs (1892)
22
Bal masque, perf. 1893, version for pf (1894)
32
“Gaelic” Symphony, e, 1894–6, fs (1897)
45
Piano Concerto, c, 1899, arr. 2 pf (1900)
53
Jephthah’s Daughter (Mollevaut, after Bible: Judges xi.38, It. trans., I. Martinez, Eng. trans., A.M. Beach), S, orch, vs (1903)

Sacred choral

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(for 4vv and org unless otherwise stated)

5
Mass, E, 4vv, orch, 1890, os (1890)
Graduale (Thou Glory of Jerusalem), T, orch, ps (1892) [addition to Mass, op.5]
7
O praise the Lord, all ye nations (Ps cxvii) (1891)
8/1-3
Choral Responses (1891): Nunc dimittis (Bible: Luke ii.29), With prayer and supplication (Bible: Philippians iv.6–7), Peace I leave with you (Bible: John iv.27)
17
Festival Jubilate (Ps c), D, 7vv, orch, 1891, ps (1892)
24
Bethlehem (G.C. Hugg) (1893)
27
Alleluia, Christ is risen (after M. Weisse, C.F. Gellert, T. Scott, T. Gibbons) (1895), arr. with vn obbl (1904)
33
Teach me thy way (Ps lxxxvi.11–12), 1895
38
Peace on earth (E.H. Sears) (1897)
50
Help us, O God (Pss lxxix.9, 5; xlv.6; xliv.26), 5vv (1903)
52
A Hymn of Freedom: America (S.F. Smith), 4vv, org/pf (1903), rev. with text O Lord our God arise (1944)
63
Service in A, S, A, T, B, 4vv, org: Te Deum, Benedictus (1905), rev. omitting Gloria, 1934; Jubilate Deo; Magnificat; Nunc dimittis (1906)
74
All hail the power of Jesus’ name (E. Perronet), 4vv, org/pf, 1914 (1915)
76
Thou knowest, Lord (J. Borthwick), T, B, 4vv, org (1915)
78/1-4
Canticles (1916): Bonum est, confiteri (Ps xcii. 1–4), S, 4vv, org; Deus misereatur (Ps lxvii); Cantate Domino (Ps xcviii); Benedic, anima mea (Ps ciii)
84
Te Deum, f, T, male chorus 3vv, org, 1921 (1922)
95
Constant Christmas (P. Brooks), S, A, 4vv, org (1922)
96
The Lord is my shepherd (Ps xxiii), female chorus 3vv, org (1923)
98
I will lift up mine eyes (Ps cxxi), 4vv (1923)
103/1-2
Benedictus es, Domine, Benedictus (Bible: Luke i.67–81), B, 4vv, org (1924)
105
Let this mind be in you (Bible: Philippians ii.5–11), S, B, 4vv, org (1924)
109
Lord of the worlds above (I. Watts), S, T, B, 4vv, org (1925)
115
Around the Manger (R. Davis), 4vv, org/pf (1925), version for 1v, pf/org (1925); rev. female chorus 3vv, org/pf (1925), rev. female chorus 4vv, org/pf (1929)
121
Benedicite omnia opera Domini (Bible: Daniel iii.56–8) (1928)
122
Communion Responses: Kyrie, Gloria tibi, Sursum corda, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Gloria, S, A, T, B, 4vv, org (1928)
Agnus Dei, SA, chorus, org/pf (1936) [suppl. to op.122]
123
The Canticle of the Sun (St Francis), S, Mez, T, B, 4vv, orch, 1924, os (1928)
125/2
Evening Hymn: The shadows of the evening hours (A. Procter), S, A, 4vv, 1934 (1936)
132
Christ in the universe (A. Meynell), A, T, 4vv, orch, os (1931)
133
Four Choral Responses (J. Fischer) (1932)
134
God is our stronghold (E. Wordsworth), S, 4vv, org
139
Hearken unto me (Bible: Isaiah li.1, 3; xliii.1–3; xl.28, 31), S, A, T, B, 4vv, orch, os (1934)
141
O Lord, God of Israel (Bible: 1 Kings viii.23, 27–30, 34), S, A, B, 4vv, 1935
146
Lord of all being (O.W. Holmes) (1938)
147
I will give thanks (Ps cxi), S, 4vv, org (1939)
Hymn: O God of love, O King of peace (H.W. Baker), 4vv, 1941 (1942)
Pax nobiscum (E. Marlatt), (female chorus 3vv)/(male chorus 3vv/4vv), org (1944)

Secular choral

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9
The Little Brown Bee (M. Eytinge), female chorus 4vv (1891)
Singing Joyfully (J.W. Chadwick), children’s chorus 2vv, pf
16
The Minstrel and the King: Rudolph von Hapsburg (F. von Schiller), T, B, male chorus 4vv, orch, ps (1890)
26/4
Wouldn’t that be queer (E.J. Cooley), female chorus 3vv, pf (1919) [arr. of song]
An Indian Lullaby (anon.), female chorus 4vv (1895)
30
The Rose of Avon-Town (C. Mischka), S, A, female chorus 4vv, orch, ps (1896)
31/1-3
Three Flower Songs (M. Deland), female chorus 4vv, pf (1896): The Clover, The Yellow Daisy, The Bluebell
37/3
Fairy Lullaby (W. Shakespeare), female chorus 4vv (1907)
39/1-3
Three Shakespeare Choruses, female chorus 4vv, pf (1897): Over hill, over dale, Come unto these yellow sands, Through the house give glimmering light
42
Song of Welcome (H.M. Blossom), 4vv, orch, os (1898)
43/4
Far Awa’ (R. Burns), female chorus 3vv, pf (1918) [arr. of song]
44/1-2
The year’s at the spring (R. Browning), female chorus 4vv, pf (1909); Ah, love, but a day (Browning), female chorus 4vv, pf (1927)
46
Sylvania: a Wedding Cantata (F.W. Bancroft, after W. Bloem), S, S, A, T, B, 8vv, orch, ps (1901)
49
A Song of Liberty (F.L. Stanton), 4vv, orch, 1902, ps (1902), arr. male chorus 4vv, pf (1917)
51/3
Juni (E. Jensen), 4vv, pf (1931), version for female chorus 3vv (1931) [arr. of song]
56/4
Shena Van (W. Black), female chorus 3vv/male chorus 4vv (1917) [arr. of song]
57/1-3
Only a Song (A.L. Hughes), One Summer Day (Hughes), female chorus 4vv (1904)
59
The Sea-Fairies (A. Tennyson), S, A, female chorus 2vv, orch, org ad lib, 1904, ps (1904), acc. arr. hp, pf
66
The Chambered Nautilus (Holmes), S, A, female chorus 4vv, orch, org ad lib, ps (1907), ed. A.F. Block (Bryn Mawr, PA, 1994)
74
Panama Hymn (W.P. Stafford), 4vv, orch, arr. 4vv, org/pf (1915)
75/1, 3
The Candy Lion (A.F. Brown), Dolladine (W.B. Rands), female chorus 4vv (1915) [arrs. of songs]
Friends (Brown), children’s chorus 2vv (1917)
Balloons (L.A. Garnett) children’s chorus (1916)
82
Dusk in June (S. Teasdale), female chorus 4vv (1917)
86
May Eve, 4vv, pf, 1921 (1933)
94
Three School Songs, 4vv (1933)
101
Peter Pan (J. Andrews), female chorus 3vv, pf (1923)
110
The Greenwood (W.L. Bowles), 4vv (1925)
118/1-2
The Moonboat (E.D. Watkins), children’s chorus (1938), Who has seen the wind (C. Rossetti), children’s chorus 2vv (1938)
126/1-2
Sea Fever (J. Masefield), The Last Prayer, male chorus 4vv, pf (1931)
127
When the last sea is sailed (Masefield), male chorus 4vv (1931)
129
Drowsy Dream Town (R. Norwood), S, female chorus 3vv, pf (1932)
140
We who sing have walked in glory (A.S. Bridgman), 1934 (1934)
144
This morning very early (P.L. Hills), female chorus 3vv, pf, 1935 (1937)
The Ballad of the P.E.O. (R.C. Mitchell) female chorus, 1944

Songs

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(for 1v and pf unless otherwise stated)

1/1-4
Four Songs: With violets (K. Vannah) (1885), Die vier Brüder (F. von Schiller) (1887), Jeune fille et jeune fleur (F.R. Chateaubriand) (1887), Ariette (P.B. Shelley) (1886)
2/1-3
Three Songs: Twilight (A.M. Beach) (1887), When far from her (H.H.A. Beach) (1889), Empress of night (H.H.A. Beach) (1891)
10/1-3
Songs of the Sea (1890): A Canadian Boat Song (T. Moore), S, B, pf; The Night Sea (H.P. Spofford), S, S, pf; Sea Song (W.E. Channing), S, S, pf
11/1-3
Three Songs (W.E. Henley): Dark is the night (1890), The Western Wind (1889), The Blackbird (1889)
12/1-3
Three Songs (R. Burns): Wilt thou be my dearie? (1889) Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie doon (1891), My luve is like a red, red rose, 1887 (1889)
13
Hymn of Trust (O.W. Holmes) (1891), rev. with vn obbl (1901)
14/1-4
Four Songs, 1890 (1891): The Summer Wind (W. Learned), Le secret (J. de Resseguier), Sweetheart, sigh no more (T.B. Aldrich), The Thrush (E.R. Sill); nos.2–3 rev. (1901)
19/1-3
Three Songs (1893): For me the jasmine buds unfold (F.E. Coates), Ecstasy (A.M. Beach), 1v, pf, vn obbl, Golden Gates
20
(Villanelle) Across the World (E.M. Thomas) (1894), arr. 1v, vc obbl
21/1-3
Three Songs (1893): Chanson d’amour (V. Hugo), arr. 1v, orch, arr. 1v, vc obbl (1899), Extase (Hugo), Elle et moi (F. Bovet)
26/1-4
Four Songs (1894): My Star (C. Fabbri), Just for this (Fabbri), Spring (Fabbri), Wouldn’t that be queer (E.J. Cooley); no.4 arr. chorus (1919)
29/1-4
Four Songs, 1894 (1895): Within thy heart (A.M. Beach), The Wandering Knight (anon., Eng. trans., J.G. Lockhart), Sleep, little darling (Spofford), Haste, O beloved (W.A. Sparrow)
35/1-4
Four Songs, 1896 (1897): Nachts (C.F. Scherenberg), Allein! (H. Heine), Nähe des Geliebten (J.W. von Goethe), Forget-me-not (H.H.A. Beach)
37/1-3
Three Shakespeare Songs (1897): O mistress mine, Take, O take those lips away, Fairy Lullaby; no.3 arr. chorus (1907)
41/1-3
Three Songs (1898): Anita (Fabbri), Thy beauty (Spofford), Forgotten (Fabbri)
43/1-5
Five Burns Songs (1899): Dearie, Scottish Cradle Song, Oh were my love yon lilac fair!, Far awa’, My lassie; no.3 arr. 2 S, pf (1918); no.4 arr. chorus (1918), arr. 2vv (1918), arr. female vv (1918), arr. org, 1936, arr. pf, 1936
44/1-3
Three [R.] Browning Songs (1900): The year’s at the spring, Ah, love but a day, I send my heart up to thee; no.1 arr. S, A, pf (1900), arr. chorus (1928), arr. female vv (1928), arr. 1v, pf, vn (1900), arr. male chorus, pf (1933); no.2 arr. A, B, pf (1917), arr. S, T, pf (1917), arr. 1v, pf, vn (1920), arr. chorus by H. Norden (1949), nos.1–2 arr. chorus (1927)
48/1-4
Four Songs (1902): Come, ah come (H.H.A. Beach), Good Morning (A.H. Lockhart), Good Night (Lockhart), Canzonetta (A. Sylvestre)
51/1-4
Four Songs (1903): Ich sagte nicht (E. Wissman); Wir drei (H. Eschelbach), Juni (E. Jansen), Je demande à l’oiseau (Sylvestre); no.3 arr. v, pf, vn (1903), arr. 1v, orch, arr. chorus (1931)
56/1-4
Four Songs, 1903–4 (1904): Autumn Song (H.H.A. Beach), Go not too far (F.E. Coates), I know not how to find the spring (Coates), Shena Van (W. Black); no.4 arr. chorus (1917), arr. with vn obbl (1919)
61
Give me not love (Coates), S, T, pf (1905)
62
When soul is joined to soul (E.B. Browning) (1905)
68
After (Coates) (1909), arr. vn, vc, arr. A, chorus, 1936, arr. S, A, chorus, org, 1936
69/1-2
Two Mother Songs (1908): Baby (G. MacDonald), Hush, baby dear (A.L. Hughes)
71/1-3
Three Songs (1910): A Prelude (A.M. Beach), O sweet content (T. Dekker), An Old Love-Story (B.L. Stathem)
72/1-2
Two Songs (1914): Ein altes Gebet, perf. 1914, Deine Blumen (L. Zacharias)
73/1-2
Two Songs (Zacharias) (1914): Grossmütterchen, Der Totenkranz
75/1-4
The Candy Lion (A.F. Brown), A Thanksgiving Fable (D. Herford), Dolladine (W.B. Rands), Prayer of a Tired Child (Brown) (1914); nos.1, 3 arr. female chorus (1915)
76/1-2
Two Songs (1914): Separation (J.L. Stoddard), The Lotos Isles (Tennyson)); no.2 arr. pf
77/1-2
Two Songs (1916): I (C. Fanning), Wind o’ the Westland (D. Burnett)
78/1-3
Three Songs (1917): Meadowlarks (I. Coolbrith), Night Song at Amalfi (Teasdale), In Blossom Time (Coolbrith)
A Song for Little May (E.H. Miller), 1922
The Arrow and the Song (H.W. Longfellow), 1922
Clouds (F.D. Sherman), 1922
85
In the Twilight (Longfellow) (1922)
88
Spirit Divine (A. Read), S, T, org (1922)
93
Message (Teasdale) (1922)
99/1-4
Four Songs (1923): When Mama Sings (A.M. Beach), Little Brown-Eyed Laddie (A.D.O. Greenwood), The Moonpath (K. Adams), The Artless Maid (L. Barili)
100/1-2
Two Songs (1924): A Mirage (B. Ochsner); Stella viatoris (J.H. Nettleton), S, vn, vc, pf
112
Jesus my Saviour (A. Elliott) (1925)
113
Mine be the lips (L. Speyer) (1921)
115
Around the Manger (Davis), 1v, pf/org (1925), also version for chorus
117/1-3
Three Songs (M. Lee) (1925): The Singer, The Host, Song in the Hills
Birth (E.L. Knowles), 1926
120
Rendezvous (Speyer), 1v, vn obbl (1928)
Mignonnette (1929)
124
Springtime (S.M. Heywood) (1929)
125/1-2
Two Sacred Songs: Spirit of Mercy (anon.) (1930), Evening Hymn: The shadows of the evening hours (A. Procter) (1934); no.2 arr. chorus (1936)
131
Dark Garden (Speyer) (1932)
135
To one I love (1932)
136
Fire and Flame (A.A. Moody), 1932 (1933)
137/1-2
Baby (S.R. Quick); May Flowers (Moody); 1932 (1933)
Evening song, 1934
April Dreams (K.W. Harding), 1935
The Deep Sea Pearl (E.M. Thomas), 1935
142
I sought the Lord (anon.), 1v, org, 1936 (1937)
143
I shall be brave (Adams) (1932)
145
Dreams
152
Though I Take the Wings of Morning (R.N. Spencer), 1v, org/pf (1941)
The heart that melts
The Icicle Lesson
If women will not be inclined
Time has wings and swiftly flies
Whither (W. Müller) [after Chopin: Trois nouvelles études, no.3]
Du sieh’st, B, pf [frag.]

Other works

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Arr.: Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.1, 2nd movt, pf 4 hands, 1887
St John the Baptist (Bible: Matthew, Luke), lib, 1889
Arr.: Berlioz: Les Troyens, Act 1 scene iii, 1v, pf, 1896
Serenade, pf (1902) [transcr. of R. Strauss: Ständchen]
Arr.: On a hill: Negro melody (trad.), 1v, pf (1929)