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16. The Life and Music of Amy Beach, an American pioneer

March 10, 2020

She was America's first woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra and the first American composer fully educated in the United States. She was praised and recognized, but her journey to success was an uphill battle with obstacles and challenges. Born in Boston in 1867, she was a music prodigy with similarites to Mozart. By the time she was 18 she was performing as a piano soloist with one the greatest orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 

Show Notes

Pictures of Amy Beach

Amy Beach, youngHouse at 28 Commonwealth Avenue (Music Division, Library of Congress)

House at 28 Commonwealth Avenue (Music Division, Library of Congress)
 
Amy Beach at the Neighborhood Music School, Brooklyn, New York.

Watch and Listen

Music of Amy Beach on Spotify