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Lara Downes will continue her Artist Sessions with violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Lara Downes will continue her Artist Sessions with violinist Rachel Barton Pine almost half a year after its predecessor at the end of this past August. At this next event Downes will engage in both conversation and music-making with violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

The topic will celebrate rarities of the duo repertoire for violin and piano by significant women from the Romantic period, AMY BEACH and Clara Schumann as well as African-American composers, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Daniel Roumain.

This installment of The Artist Sessions will take place on Tuesday, February 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Salon Room of the Hotel Rex located at 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. General admission will be $50; and it will include hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket as well as admission to the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance through a Brown Paper Tickets event page. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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Downes & Pine Postcard

Beach Piano Trio, Op. 150 Performance in Stockholm, Sweden

Daniela Bonfiglioli (violin), Marie Macleod (cello) and Karin Haglund (piano) will perform the Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150 by Amy Beach (1867-1944), My Fleeting Angel by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor “Dumky,” Op. 90 by Antonin Dvořák.

The concert will take place in the Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset): Grünewaldsalen located at Hötorget 8, Stockholm, 103 87, Sweden on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 15:00. Tickets are 190 SEK.

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Marie Macleod

Fin-de-Siècle Sounds Will Be Brought Back to Life at Curtis

Flautist, Mimi Stillman, will present “Women Pioneers of American Music,” a program put on by Dolce Suono Ensemble, for which she serves as artistic and executive director.

The program, on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, will give those in attendance an opportunity to explore early American concert music by focusing on three female composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — Amy Beach, Marion Bauer and Ruth Crawford Seeger — who were considered pioneers of American music.

It will also feature works by contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Andrea Clearfield, including a world premiere.

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On Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., also in Karl Geiringer Hall of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the music department will host the Ciompi Quartet, Duke University’s resident string quartet, in a concert featuring flutist and UCSB Music Department Chair Jill Felber, on Amy Beach’s “Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet, Op. 80,” and a performance of Professor Emeritus Joel Feigin’s “Mosaic in Two Panels” for string quartet.

Said Felber of the piece she will be performing, “Amy Beach, one of America’s first truly successful female composers of art music, used her own song, ‘An Indian Lullaby,’ for the theme of the quintet. This rarely played work is a gem for the flute and string quartet literature.”

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 non-UCSB students with ID and free for UCSB students with ID and for children under 12.

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It will be “All Girl Power, All the Time” times three when a trio of women takes to the stage to perform three trios written by three female composers across three centuries.

Pia Liptak (violin), Kathleen Murphy Kemp (cello) and Doleen Hood (piano) will perform their concert, “TRIO… she wrote,” as part of Brockport State College’s Fine Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley St., Brockport, NY.

The program will including Jennifer Higdon’s “Piano Trio,” composed in 2003; Amy Beach’s “Piano Trio (in A Minor),” composed in 1938; and Elfrida Andrée’s “Piano Trio No. 2 (in G Minor),” composed in 1884.

Tickets range from $8.50 to $16 and are available online at, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center box office.

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New Research Puts Spotlight on Neglected American Composers of the 19th Century

Unfortunately, very few – close to zero – living classical music fans have heard of many wonderful 19th Century, American orchestral works, because they were rarely performed by orchestras of the time, who preferred to play it safe with Brahms, Beethoven and other European masters. The works, including the “Gaelic” Symphony by Amy Beach, were nearly forgotten until a Vanderbilt University musicologist became determined to rescue them.

Doug Shadle, assistant professor of musicology at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, has been studying about 50 American composers active in the 1800s. They are the subject of his new book, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (Oxford University Press).

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Orion Ensemble Will Play Amy Beach Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor in Summer 2016

The Orion Ensemble will perform Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 67 as well as works by Dvořák and Brahms.  The ensemble’s fourth and final program entitled “Musical Enchantments” will take place at three Chicago-area venues:

  • First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South Street in Geneva, IL on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, IL on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; children 12 and younger are free.  A four-ticket flexible subscription provides a 10 percent savings on full-priced tickets.  For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

Indiana University Visiting Scholar Voice Recital Will Include Beach

Li Lidan of China will perform Monday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.  in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts recital hall at Indiana State University.

Her program includes “Susser Blumen Ambra Flocken” (Handel), “Ave Maria” (Caccini), “Long Time Ago” (Aaron Copland), “Take O Take Those Lips Away” (Amy Beach), “Rompe Sprezza” (A. Scarlatti), “Soldier’s Wife” (Rachmaninoff), “Clair de Lune” (Faure) and “Meine Liebe Ist Grun” (Johannes Brahms).

The recital is free and open to the public.

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Pianist Virginia Eskin Playing Beach Piano Concerto with Augusta Symphony Orchestra

The Augusta Symphony Orchestra will be performing the Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 by Amy Beach with piano soloist, Virginia Eskin, and the “New World Symphony” by Antonín Dvořák.

The Augusta Symphony Orchestra Fall 2015 Concert will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00pm at Hope Baptist Church, Manchester, ME.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door.  Adults $10.00.  Students and children free.

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Pianist Angela Zanders and Others Will Perform Concert Including Works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke (Viola Sonata) and Cecilia McDowall

The last in the series of pianist Angela Zanders’ illustrated recitals entitled ‘A Celebration of Women Composers’ takes place on Saturday, November 14, at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church in Petersfield, United Kingdom.

This recital introduces the moving and dramatic music of the American composer Amy Beach, the award-winning contemporary British composer, Cecilia McDowall, and Rebecca Clarke, featuring her most famous work, the Viola Sonata. Also featuring works by Edward MacDowell and Vaughan Williams.

Joining Angela for this recital are Margaret Humphrey Clark (mezzo soprano), Catherine Lett (violin) and Sara Deborah Timossi (viola/violin).

Entry is free with retiring collection and refreshments will be served in the interval.

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New University of Wisconsin – Madison Violin Professor Soh-Hyun Park Altino Will Perform Bach, Brahms, Ives and the Romance by Amy Beach

The UW School of Music’s new violin professor will share the stage with pianist Martha Fischer in a demanding program that includes Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, Brahms’ second violin sonata, Ives’ Violin Sonata No. 2 and the soaring “Romance” by Amy Beach. The debut recital will take place during the UW School of Music faculty concert on Nov. 13 at 8pm in Mills Concert Hall of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. The event costs $12.

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New Nashville Community Orchestra is Dedicated to Performing Works by American Composers Including Beach

Music City is about to get another orchestra. This new community ensemble, called the Nashville Citizens Orchestra, will be open to amateurs and professionals of all ages. Performances will begin next year at Gordon Jewish Community Center.

“I know there are a lot of people in Nashville who play instruments but have no outlet for their talents,” the group’s founding conductor, Gabrielle Lewis, tells the Scene. “We’re going to give them an opportunity to play.”

Lewis, a graduate of the University of Michigan who’s now studying with conductor Robin Fountain at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, says the Citizens Orchestra will of course perform a wide selection of European masterpieces. But she says the orchestra will also play the music of such early 20th-century American composers as William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Edward McDowell and Arthur Foote, among many others.  “These were significant composers whose music was unfortunately overshadowed by the European composers of the day,” Lewis says.

Auditions for the Citizens Orchestra will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Gordon Jewish Community Center. Interested musicians will need to prepare one short lyrical piece and one short technical piece for the audition. Lewis will also have musicians read through an orchestral excerpt.

Musicians of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply. Interested artists must contact Lewis in advance and indicate their instrument and how long they’ve been playing. Contact Lewis at or 629-777-6517.

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Pianist David Pihl Will Perform Works of 8 New England Composers Including Beach

The works of eight composers who contributed to world music while living in New England will be performed by pianist David Pihl on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The program includes works by Amy Beach, John Alden Carpenter, Edward MacDowell, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Ives, William McKinley, Stephen Peisch and Marc Rossi.

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The Scottish Ensemble Vocali3e Will Perform Work(s) by Beach

The Scottish ensemble Vocali3e will present a concert of works in the Scots and Scottish Gaelic languages at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark, Delaware.

The ensemble, which comprises soprano, flute and piano, will also present works by living composers Thea Musgrave, Lori Laitman and UD’s Jennifer Margaret Barker, professor of music theory and composition in the Department of Music.  Additional works on the program will include romantic, classical and baroque settings of Scots and Scottish Gaelic composed by Amy Beach, Joseph Haydn and James Oswald, respectively.

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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!


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!

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We are in the midst of planning a celebration to honor Amy Beach’s Sesquicentennial, which will take place in 2017. For more information, please feel free to sign-up for our email list and/or subscribe to the blog.

Our goal is to have her music played in many venues in 2017 to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the birth of a truly phenomenal composer, and a pioneer for women in classical music.

Stay tuned for updates about the celebration and for more information on Amy Beach’s amazing work.

Additionally, we would love to hear your feedback! Please feel free to comment on the site or email us directly about what you would like to see on this website. We also invite ideas on how to celebrate Amy Beach.