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Professional Life of Amy Beach

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Amy started her career as a professional composer in 1883 in Boston when she played Chopin’s Rondo in E flat and Moscheles’s G minor Concerto. Soon after, she appeared as a soloist with the Boston symphony opera. She got married in 1885 with a Boston based surgeon Dr. Henry Harris Aubrey Beach who was 24 years older than her. With the full support of her husband she then devoted herself completely to compositions. Mass in E Flat Major was her first major success. It was performed in 1892. She also composed Jubilate for the dedication of the Women’s Building at Colombian Exposition. At that time, performing in public was not supposed to be the prestigious and respectable occupation for women Thus Amy’

s husband encouraged her for composition but not for public performance. Hence she devoted herself fully in compositions. The death of her husband, as well as her mother, made a significant difference in her life. After their deaths, she decided to do two things which she could not do while her husband and her mother were alive, naturally because of the social constraints. First thing was to return to the stage as a performer and second were to travel to Europe Thus After the death of her mother and her husband Amy traveled to Europe. She spent a few years there. The target of Beach in going to Europe was to achieve the name and fame as a solo performer and a composer. She was specifically praised in Germany. Her Gaelic Symphony was performed to much encomium. In 1932 Amy wrote her first opera Cabildo and it premiered in February 1945 in Athens and Georgia. During her lifetime Amy was highly applauded as a foremost woman composer of the United States.

Throughout her life, Amy Beach wrote more than 150 numbered works ranging from chamber and orchestral work to church music and songs. Between 1921 and 1941 she used to visit at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire where she wrote most of her works. These works include her two piano pieces "The Hermit Thrush at Eve" and "The Hermit Thrush at Morning.".

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