For My Students

Our Composer of the Month for April is Amy Beach, another American composer! Amy Cheney was born in New Hampshire in 1867, and died in 1944. She was composing in the Post-Romantic era of music history.

Amy's musical talents were almost immediately heard as a very small child and she quickly developed into a fantastic pianist. As a teen she gave concerts across the Eastern US. At the age of 18 she married Dr. H. H. A. Cheney, a surgeon, and he requested she no longer perform other than 2 charity concerts per year.  At this time Amy turned her musical gifts to composing. During her 25-year marriage she composed a great variety of pieces for piano, orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice and choir. Following her husband's death in 1910, Amy began giving concerts again while also promoting her compositions and establishing herself on the international music scene.

Today Amy is not as well-known as she ought to be for her significant contribution to the American music culture and paving the way for women composers in the United States!

Here is a video of A Hermit Thrush at Eve performed by Lisa Yui. Can you hear the birds singing?