Amy Beach and Her Chamber Music: Biography, Documents, Style

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Scarecrow Press, 1994 - Music - 407 pages
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Born at a time when women were excluded from the profession of music composition, Amy Beach's reputation as a composer and a virtuoso pianist was prominent. As an American composer at the turn of the century, she is esteemed as the first woman to write a symphony and a mass. Throughout her life, she won acclaim in the United States, Canada, and Europe as a prominent composer and concert pianist. This book begins with a lengthy biography describing Beach's personal and professional life. It is enriched with the correspondence of friends and colleagues such as Foote, Chadwick, Paine, Holmes, and Longfellow, and numerous photographs. From beginning to end, her life is documented with critical reviews and original papers from the Library of Congress and University of New Hampshire collections. Beach's chamber music works are masterpieces. Described individually, each score and manuscript is reviewed theoretically and historically. An extensive catalog contains the most complete list of all published and unpublished works with performance comments. This book has been created for the musician, historian, and women's studies enthusiast. Its intention is to stimulate renewed interest in both American music and the life of a unique woman.
 

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Contents

THE EARLY YEARS 18671885
9
Amy Marcy Cheney
13
THE MARRIED YEARS 18851910
27
Mrs H H A Beach Pianist and Composer
33
A Time of Crisis
43
THE EUROPEAN YEARS 19111914
49
THE AMERICAN CONCERT YEARS 19141918
59
THE MATURE YEARS 19191930
77
Suite for Two Pianos Opus 104 Founded upon Old Irish Melodies
222
Prelude
223
Oldtime PeasantDance
232
The Ancient Cabin
240
Finale
247
Trio Opus 150
257
Lento espressivo
266
Allegro con brio
270

THE LAST YEARS 19311944
93
COMPOSITIONS AND COMPOSITIONAL STYLE
109
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MUSIC
111
THE MUSICAL SIGNATURE
131
Chromatic Scales
135
Octaves
136
ELEMENTS OF STYLE
141
Harmony
147
Rhythm and Tempo
150
Texture
156
Form
161
THE CHAMBER WORKS WITH PIANO
165
Romance for Violin and Piano Opus 23
166
Sonate in A moll Opus 34
171
Allegro moderate
173
SchenoMolto vivace
177
Largo con tiolore
179
Allegro con fuoco
183
Three Pieces for Violin and Piano Opus 40
188
La Captive
189
Berceuse
190
Mazurka
192
Invocation Opus 55
194
Quintet in F Sharp Minor Opus 67
197
AdagioAllegro moderate
198
Adagio espressivo
207
Allegro agitato
213
THE CHAMBER WORKS WITHOUT PIANO
275
Quartet for Strings Opus 89 originally Opus 79
276
Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet Opus 80
286
Pastorale no opus
313
MANUSCRIPT CHAMBER WORKS
317
Pastorale Opus 90 No 1
318
Water Sprites Opus 40 No 2
320
Lento espressivo Opus 125
322
Barcarolle no opus
324
CONCLUSION
331
CATALOG OF MUSIC
335
Introduction and Legend
337
Description of Catalog Entries
338
Key to Abbreviations
339
Vocal Works Solo
340
Vocal Works Duets
347
Keyboard Works Solo
348
Keyboard Duets
352
Choral Works
353
Operatic Works
360
Orchestral Works
362
END PAPERS
363
CHAPTER NOTES
365
Bibliography
385
Index
399
About the Author
407
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About the author (1994)

Jeanell Wise Brown (DMA, piano, University of Maryland) has been a free-lance pianist in Washington, D.C., as well as coach/accompanist for several American opera premiers with the Maryland Opera Studio, appears often in recitals and competitions with vocalists and instrumentalists, and maintains a teaching studio.

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