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The Composers

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach
(1867- 1944)

Amy Beach
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Amy Beach and Her Chamber Music

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Amy Beach and the birth of "Gaelic" Symphony

Amy Cheney was born in Henniker, N.H. . A precocious musical talent, she composed music at age four and at seven was performing publicly. She made her professional debut in 1883 and soon became a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1885, Amy Cheney married Dr. H.H.A. Beach, a well-known Boston surgeon. Afterwards, Mrs. Beach shifted her emphasis from performance to composition, although she continued to perform her own work. 

As a composer, Beach was largely self-taught. She wrote more than 150 numbered works, and she was a much renowned song writer. 

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