A new critical edition of the score and orchestral parts for Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 is now available from Subito Music Corp. The score is available for purchase here and the orchestral parts are available exclusively as rental from the Subito Music Rental Library via Zinfonia. The new edition has already been used by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra. Good news to finally have an engraved version of this important work!
The editor of this new edition, Laurine Celeste Fox, worked with the manuscript score and parts held in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia. Laurine is also a member of our Beach Advisory Committee.
The London-based Marsyas Trio will be recording a CD “Gates of the Soul,” which will be released with NMC Recordings (one of the leading British labels) in October, to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. The disc will feature music by six living British women composers, including Judith Weir who is our first ever female Master of the Queen’s Music, and two composers who have spent their lives living in the USA: Hilary Tann and Thea Musgrave.
In conjunction with this upcoming CD recording project is the “Stretch Goal” video recording project of AMY BEACH’s “Pastorale & Caprice (The Water Sprites)” for flute, cello and piano, which were written in 1921, a year after American suffrage was obtained, and so connect with the theme of their CD rather nicely! They have a fundraising campaign to record these two works by Beach, and the URL is www.marsyastrio.com/kickstarter. They’ll be setting visuals made from shadow puppetry to the video, to accompany the music, and this will all be freely available on YouTube or similar. Please consider providing financial support for their project! Their fundraiser runs until March 15.
In the words of the Marsyas Trio cellist Dr. Val Welbanks:
“Women of my generation and younger take our rights for granted and we know very little about how difficult things were before us. So if people can give a little money towards our project that’s great (!) but mainly we’re using this as a way to contribute to the year’s celebration of the strong and creative women before us, and around us, and to participate in the discussion on how we can take the next steps towards equality. And of course this will also be our contribution towards celebrating (albeit a little late) Amy Beach’s 150th anniversary!”
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, the first symphony composed and published by an American woman! The Lower Merion Symphony will be performing from the revised edition of Beach’s Symphony available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
Enjoy hearing Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 at the Music for Food concert featuring pianist Damien Francour-Kryzek on Sunday, February 11 at New England Conservatory. The musicians play for free and all donations will go to the Women’s Lunch Place. On top of that, all donations will be matched!
Enjoy an upcoming performance of Amy Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and using the revised edition by Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! Visit our Amy Beach Facebook page to check-out the video below for details!
Please enjoy listening to the gorgeous Beach Symphony movement as part of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (the YouTube video should begin just as the RSPO begins playing the Beach, but if not, it begins at 16:14) – https://youtu.be/cNWwGQAKidA?t=974
The Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 P.M. Central European Time (CET) or 10:30 A.M. EST and will be streamed live on the Nobel website – https://www.nobelprize.org/. The various events will be televised on a number of different channels around the world as well.
Please note that the Awards Ceremony is not the same as the Nobel Prize Concert on Dec. 8 that will feature guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel leading the Stockholm Philharmonic in performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” and Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra.” The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony is where the laureates receive the Nobel Medal and Diploma from King Carl XVI Gustaf.
For more information about the Nobel Prize events in both Stockholm, Sweden and Olso, Norway, please click here. And for more information on the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, please click here.
Tonight’s performance of Beach’s Mass will be by the Commonwealth Chorale, and the New England Philharmonic orchestra at at 8pm at Church of the Holy Name (1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA). To read more about this event and hear about the inception of this performance and the new, revised edition of Beach’s Mass, check out Dr. Curtis’ preview.
The performances of Beach’s opera Cabildo marked the first performances of this lovely work since its revival 22 years ago in 1995 for the commercial recording. The performance also included a number of Beach’s songs. Enjoy reading about the event as reviewed by Dr. Curtis.
Here is the booklet from the premiere of Beach’s Mass in E-flat by the Handel and Haydn Society back during their 1892-93 season. This marked the first time a work by a woman was performed by the Society!
Join us at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for two wonderful events featuring music by Amy Beach! The concert on Friday, Nov. 17 will be preceded by a lecture by Dr. Liane Curtis! Also, the symphony concert on Sunday, Nov. 19 will include Amy Beach’s Romance transcribed for Solo Violin, Harp and Strings by Chris A. Trotman, Director of Publications for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! Both Liane Curtis and Chris A. Trotman will be in attendance for the Friday concert, and Mr. Trotman will be at the Symphony concert.
These events are free, but tickets are required so get them quickly if you wish to attend!
Another wonderful opportunity to hear Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in f-sharp minor, Op. 67, which is being performed by Lavazza Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM at St. Paul’s Church (15 St. Paul Street, Brookline Village, MA). Free admission!
Also on the program is Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Musicians include Kristina Nilsson and Paula Oakes (Violins), Emily Rome (Guest Violist), Jan Pfeiffer-Rios (Cello) with James Chubet (Guest Pianist).
(1) On Nov. 11 at 8 P.M. the Commonwealth Chorale & the New England Philharmonic will present their program entitled REBIRTH OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC. The concert and concert talk will feature Beach’s Mass in E-flat and will take place at Church of the Holy Name (1689 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.
(2) On Nov. 12 at 7 P.M. the The Croton Chorale and Orchestra will be performing the Grand Mass in E-flat in New York City at Cardozo Law School (55 Fifth Avenue, at 12th Street, in Manhattan.) Admission is $20 ($10 for seniors and students). For more information, please visit their website.
In Durham, NH, Nov. 3 AND 4, Amy Beach’s Opera “Cabildo” is being performed in an opera workshop at the University of New Hampshire. Also on the program are a selection of Beach’s lovely songs. For more information, please click here.
The “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 by great American composer Amy Beach is receiving greater attention this year and the beginning of next due to it being the 150th anniversary of her birth. The major symphony orchestra in her home state of New Hampshire, Symphony NH, is performing the monumental symphony on three separate occasions. Symphony NH’s opening performance was on Friday in Concord, NH and the second in Nashau on Saturday. The final performance is tonight in Durham at the University of New Hampshire.
The opening concert in Concord was reviewed by Dr. Liane Curtis for the Boston Music Intelligencer, and you may read it here!
Five upcoming opportunities in October to hear Amy Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 – 3 performances in New Hampshire, and a single performance in both San Francisco, California and Dayton, Ohio! (All of these orchestras will be using the revised edition of Beach’s Symphony available from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications – https://www.wophil.org/publications/.)
Symphony NH – the concerts entitled “Dvořák New World” will include Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” The performances will take place at the following times and places:
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince Street Concord, NH 03301)
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm Street Nashua, NH, 03060)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire (30 Academic Way Durham, NH, 03824)
Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) – the concert will include the Beach “Gaelic” Symphony, Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture,” Barber’s (part of the BARS LGBTQ Composer & Performing Artist series) “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” and Floyd’s “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Susannah (Julie Adams, soprano). The performance will take place on October 14, 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – http://bars-sf.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1011145.
Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra of Dayton, Ohio – the concert entitled “An American Experience” will include Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story!” The performance will take place on Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm at the Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church (3939 Stonebridge Rd., Kettering, OH 45419). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – http://mvso.org/concerts/American_Experience/.
The Amy Beach/Teresa Carreño conference, hosted by the University of New Hampshire special collections and music department, was a wonderfully informative and entertaining event! Now just a little over a week since the conference took place in Durham, New Hampshire, let’s take a look back at the various events and exhibits in greater detail!
Special thanks to Timothy Diovanni, clarinetist and musicology student at Columbia University, for documenting the events, capturing images of some highlighted events and exhibits and providing his own insight into the occasion! His blog post for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy may be viewed here.
The mayor of the city of Boston declared today, September 5th, as Amy Beach Day! Read the entire proclamation below!
“I, Martin J. Walsh (Marty Walsh), Mayor of Boston, do hereby declare September 5, 2017 to be: Amy Beach Day in the City of Boston. I urge all my fellow Bostonians to join me in recognizing and honoring Amy Beach as one of the most successful American composers.” — with Keith Lockhart.
As this year marks Amy Beach’s 150th birthday, much is being done in celebration about this remarkable woman’s life and work! Numerous orchestras, choral ensembles, chamber ensembles and soloists around the world have performed or will be performing works by the pioneering American composer/pianist this year and next in celebration. There are new recordings available this year featuring her works and new scholarship has and will be written about her. Additionally, new musical editions, both revised and published for the first time, are available by a variety of publishers, such as Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications!
Here are a few highlights of what is happening for her birthday celebration –
1) The City of Boston will be declaring September 5th as Amy Beach Day! (a separate post will be made with more information!)
5) A number of orchestras have and will be performing Beach’s monumental “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 Bal Masqué, Op. 22, and others (some using Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised editions) as well as choral ensembles performing her Grand Mass in E-flat, Op. 5! (Keep watching our news feed as we post about upcoming concerts!)