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Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra Plays Beach “Gaelic” Symphony

The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Jonathan Edward Brennand, will be joined by the Farmington High School Women’s Chorus, Katie Tewksbury, Director, in a concert featuring “Women in Music,” Sunday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, Connecticut.

The program will feature compositions by three female composers, Gwyneth Walker, Clemence de Grandval and Amy Beach. The program’s major work will be the “Gaelic” by the late 19th and early 20th Century New England composer Amy Beach, who was only 30 years old when the work was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896. The title, “Gaelic,” refers to the Irish, Scottish and English folk tunes she incorporates into her symphony.

The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1981 at Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, rehearses at Porter Memorial Hall, Farmington. Its 80 volunteer musicians represent many walks of life from the Farmington Valley and central Connecticut. Tickets for the Oct. 25 concert are $18 adults, $15 seniors and students. For more information, please visit here.

New Comprehensive Amy Beach Works List!

Check-out our new comprehensive Amy Beach Works List!  The many diverse works by Amy Beach are arranged in tables, which are organized first by genre and then by ascending order of Opus number and/or year of composition/publication.  The list also includes works she composed while still a child, as well as arrangements by Beach of works by others.

New Media Page!

Check-out our new Media page, where you will find links to selected YouTube recordings of the music by Amy Beach!  The list includes a variety of her music, such as works for voice, chorus, solo piano, chamber ensembles and even works for full orchestra!

Performance Will Include Beach Violin Sonata

New England Legacy: Sounds of our Heritage

Violin Sonata by Amy Beach, Piano Quartet by Arthur Foote, and arrangements and improvisations on Shaker hymn tunes and American folk songs. Performed by Yi-heng Yang, piano, Tricia Park, violin, Sarah Darling, viola, Steuart Pincombe, ‘cello, Maxwell Zeugner, double bass, and Michelle Pincombe, vocalist.

The concert will take place this Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 pm at the Ashburnham Community Church in Ashburnham, Massachusetts .

Admission: $10.00 per adult. Children and students, free.

More information may be found here.

New! Facsimiles of Amy Beach Music Manuscripts Available!

Check-out our new list of Amy Beach music manuscript facsimiles now available through the Music – Music Manuscripts tab.  These public domain manuscript scores are available via IMSLP or the International Music Score Library Project site.  More information about these holograph manuscript scans and how to access them is located on the Music Manuscripts page!

More scanned Amy Beach manuscripts will be added soon, so check back for updates!

COMING SOON!

We will continue our preparations for the 2017 sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary of the birth of America’s first successful, female composer, Amy Beach, with significant additions.  This additional content concerning her incredible life and diverse compositional work will include the following:

(1)  an in-depth biography of Amy Beach

(2)  a timeline of significant life events and works of Beach

(3)  an exhaustive works list including juvenile and other works

(4)  a comprehensive bibliography

(5)  an up-to-date discography

(6)  a list of links to public domain Beach MSS uploaded to IMSLP

(7)  an extensive photo gallery collection

Some public domain Beach MSS have already been uploaded to IMSLP, and more will be added soon!

As always, we would love to receive your feedback, so feel free to comment or email us with your questions and/or suggestions!