26 March 2005

  Beach, Amy (1867-1944)

American composer who was influenced by the Romantic symphonists. She was the first American female composer to achieve success with large scale works. A prolific composer, her works include songs, piano pieces, chamber music, concertos, and a symphony. Her musical language remained part of the rich nineteenth century tradition, with chromatic harmony and lyrical melodies. This is matched in her vocal music with an expert setting of the text producing a clear delivery of the poetry; however she is most famed for her larger scale works.

See also: Women Composers Vol 1 and Women Composers Vol 1
Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women

Piano Quintet and other works

Performed by: Ambache Chamber Ensemble

Piano Quintet Op.67, Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet Op. 80, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op.150
1999          £14  

Piano Quintet,Theme and Variations for Flute and Strings

Performed by: Ambache Chamber Ensemble
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1999          £15  

Sacred Music

Choral Society of South California.
Beach Service in A Major, Opus 63
Sacred Songs, Opus 112, 142 and 152
also features Nick Strimple's Anthems

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1996          £15   Special Order

Grand Mass in E-Flat Major

Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Barbara Jones, director. Live recording.
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1995          £14  

Symphony in E Minor

First Symphony op. 9
Symphony in E minor op. 32

Also includes Symphony No. 1 by Samuel Barber.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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1991          £14  

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