Amy Beach

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Birthday
5, 1867
Birthplace
Henniker, NH
Death Date
Dec 27, 1944 (77)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
5, 1867
Birthplace
Henniker, NH
Death Date
Dec 27, 1944 (77)

About

Remembered for her numerous chamber, piano, choral, and art and folk music compositions, this late 19th and early 20th-century songwriter and concert pianist is perhaps most famous for her Three Browning Songs, Op. 44.

Before Fame

A musical prodigy, she could sing nearly four dozen songs by the age of one. As a toddler, she could improvise harmonies to her mother's melodies, and by age five, she was already composing music.

Trivia

Beginning in the 1880s, she was a frequent piano soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Family Life

Shortly after marrying a physician named Henry Harris Aubrey Beach, she composed a classical piece, the Mass in E-flat major, that launched her to fame.

Associated With

She was the only female member of the Second New England School of classical composers, a group that included Arthur Foote and Horatio Parker.