Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Work of an by Adrienne Fried Block

By Adrienne Fried Block

Amy Marcy Cheney seashore (1867-1944), the main generally played composer of her new release, used to be the 1st American lady to prevail as a writer of large-scale artwork tune. Her "Gaelic" Symphony, given its most well known by way of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896, was once the 1st paintings of its variety through an American girl to be played by way of an American orchestra. just about all of her greater than three hundred works have been released quickly once they have been composed and played, and this present day her track is discovering new advocates and audiences for its strength, depth, and sheer good looks. but, previously, no full-length serious biography of Beach's lifestyles or entire serious evaluation of her track existed. This biography admirably fills that hole, totally analyzing the connections among Beach's lifestyles and paintings in gentle of social currents and dominant ideologies. Born right into a musical kin in Victorian instances, Amy seashore begun composing as a toddler of 4 and was once both talented as a pianist. Her expertise was once well-known early by way of Boston's prime musicians, who gave her unqualified aid. even if seashore believed that the lifetime of a qualified musician was once the one existence for her, her mom and dad had raised her for marriage and a profession of novice music-making. Her reaction to this parental (and later spousal) competition used to be to discover inventive methods of achieving her aim with out direct war of words. Discouraged from a full-scale live performance profession, she as an alternative chanced on her m?tier in composition. luck as a composer of artwork songs got here early for seashore: certainly, her songs outsold these of her contemporaries. however, she was firm to split her paintings from the genteel parlor tune girls have been writing in her day by way of growing large-scale works--a Mass, a symphony, and chamber music--that challenged the authorized proposal that ladies have been incapable of making excessive artwork. She gained the honor of work-mates and the allegiance of audiences. many that praised her paintings, besides the fact that, thought of her an exception between girls. Beach's response to this used to be to affix with different girls composers of significant track via selling their works together with her personal. Adrienne Fried Block has written a biography that takes complete account of problems with gender and musical modernism, contemplating seashore within the contexts of her time and of her composer contemporaries, either female and male. Amy seashore, Passionate Victorian could be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of yankee tune, and to track fanatics ordinarily.

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Eliza Waterman (18201895) in 1842. 23 Seven years later gold fever lured him to California, but he never had a chance to pan gold. Heading west on the Overland Trail, he stopped at Missouri's Fort Independence, where an epidemic of cholera had broken out. 24 At the time of his death, he left a wife and two daughters, Emma, age seven, and Clara, age three. "25 As Hillsborough and Henniker are neighboring villages, it is not surprising that Charles Cheney and Clara Marcy knew one another, although there is no THE CHENEYS AND THE MARCYS ° J/ information about their courtship.

68 The hall was full, and according to one critic, there was "a fine audience, representing . . " The reviewers agreed that the recital "justified fully all the expectations" aroused by her debut. "70 All else was high praise and further predictions of a great future. One critic gave a finely detailed description of her playing: The almost imperceptible poising over a note, and the almost imperceptible pausing upon it; the caressing touch in a melodious phrase, or the airy turn of an ornament; the sharpness or the softness of a trill; the justness of taste which keeps feeling from crossing the narrow line into exaggeration or bathos—these are the characteristics which .

The reviewers agreed that the recital "justified fully all the expectations" aroused by her debut. "70 All else was high praise and further predictions of a great future. One critic gave a finely detailed description of her playing: The almost imperceptible poising over a note, and the almost imperceptible pausing upon it; the caressing touch in a melodious phrase, or the airy turn of an ornament; the sharpness or the softness of a trill; the justness of taste which keeps feeling from crossing the narrow line into exaggeration or bathos—these are the characteristics which .

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